Dametto backs trails tourism plan

HINCHINBROOK MP Nick Dametto has welcomed the State Government’s call for expressions of interest to develop a new ecotourism experience on the Thorsborne Trail.

Mr Dametto said Friday’s announcement was a win for North Queensland’s tourism industry and would help position the region as a world class visitor destination.

“Alongside agriculture, tourism is a vital industry for North Queensland,” he said.

“That’s why I couldn’t be more supportive of the State Government’s decision that takes the first steps to create an ecotrail tourism experience on Hinchinbrook Island’s Thorsborne Trail.

“Thorsborne Trail is a natural asset for the North. This project will ensures the government delivers infrastructure that will help more visitors to see the best parts of this region.”

Last month, Mr Dametto publicly called for local tourism ventures that would help showcase the best of Hinchinbrook to the world, including Wallaman Falls, Mungalla Station, Tyto Wetlands, Paluma Rainforest Walk and the Thorsborne Trail.

In addition to the Thorsborne Trail, the government also called for Expressions of Interest to help enhance the Cooloola Great Walk on the Sunshine Coast and the Whitsunday Island Trail – part of a strategy to grow Queensland’s ecotourism sector.

“We know that eco and adventure tourists stay for longer and spend more money while they’re on holiday,” Mr Dametto said.

“To have a new ecotourism offering at the Thorsborne Trail would be a boon for our local tourism industry. This is about creating new tourism jobs for local people.

“I look forward to seeing some of the proposals for the destination in coming months.”

For more information on the Expressions of Interest process for Thorsborne Trail,  click here.

Nick Dametto MP