Visitor centre to change hands

WARWICK Tourism and Events will take over the running of the Visitor Information Centre near the library on Albion Street – subject to ongoing council funding – it was agreed today.

The Daily News understands the board of WTE voted in favour of the move, with the centre currently under the umbrella of regional promotions body Southern Downs Granite Belt Regional Tourism (SDGBRT), which jointly funds it with council.

The Centre is staffed primarily by volunteers and has been the subject of speculation in recent years as to its potential re-location to a site with better parking, particularly for large mobile homes.

Warwick Tourism and Events is funded primarily by the Southern Downs Regional Council but also seeks funding grants from higher levels of government for specific marketing projects.

The board is chaired by local business identity Greg Newey and its chief executive officer is former council media manager Tracy Vellacott.

The move to bring the Visitor Inforemaiton Centre under the wing of WTE comes amid discussion over the future of regional tourism promotion.

A controversial option being explored is for SDGTBT to merge with its Toowoomba, Golden West and South Burnett equivalent.

Consultants the Stafford Group are in the process of completing a report on the proposal with a decision expected by the end of the year.



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