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    Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Palaszczuk Government puts outback tourism in the driver’s seat

    Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Palaszczuk Government puts outback tourism in the driver’s seat

    Queensland’s emerging outback tourism sector will receive a boost through the Palaszczuk Government’s new $12.2 million outback infrastructure fund, launched today by Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.

    Ms Jones said the outback was one of the fastest growing tourism markets in the state and deserved its fair share of funding.

    “As the most decentralised state in the nation, Queensland’s regional towns have a rich history and hospitality that will capture a travellers’ hearts,” she said.

    “That’s why the  government made a $12.2 million commitment during the budget to develop outback tourism infrastructure.

    “Senior public servants are scoping out key locations and we’ve started discussions with local stakeholders about how best to grow the outback’s promising tourism industry.”

    Ms Jones said in the three years ending March 2018 outback domestic visitor spending had grown 11 per cent to $617.3 million.

    “The latest research shows that the next generation of tourists are looking for unique experiences  - the outback offers these experiences in spades,” she said.

    “Our investment is about ensuring the outback has the tourism infrastructure it needs to continue to attract more visitors who stay longer and spend more in Queensland.

    “The government’s recent investment helped to rebuild the original Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton after it was destroyed by fire in 2015.”

    Ms Jones said as part of the $12.2 million outback infrastructure commitment, $2.2 million was to go to expand and refurbish the Australian Workers Heritage Centre in Barcaldine.

    “The tourism industry contributed about $355 million to the outback Queensland economy and supported about 3700 jobs in 2016-17,” she said.

    “With great events like the Birdsville Races, Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo and Winton’s Way Out West Festival the call of the outback is alive and well.”

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