Queensland State Shadow Tourism Minister, David Crisafulli MP, joined State Member for Oodgeroo, Mark Robinson MP, today on a tour of North Stradbroke Island to explore ways to support and encourage the island’s vitally important tourism industry.
Mr Crisafulli and Dr Robinson inspected the proposed artificial reef site following the recent funding announcement, visited whale watching vendors, met with the designer of the 2018 Commonwealth Games medals, local indigenous artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins as well as several other small business owners and tourism operators.
As it is the beginning of Small Business Week today, Mark and David took the opportunity to call in and talk to owners and staff in small businesses in Dunwich and Point Lookout.
“Tourism needs to grow to have any hope of plugging the economic and jobs gap left by closing the mine,” Dr Robinson said.
“Almost every person I speak to on the island believes this is a critical time for their local economy.”
“Delvene champions Quandamooka business opportunities, showcasing what can be achieved if we dream and work hard, so David and I greatly appreciated the opportunity to talk with her about Straddie’s present and future.”
Mr Crisafulli was eager to discuss with Straddie locals how they could be a part of their community’s local tourism success.
“North Straddie is a naturally stunning place as has been on full display today and that keeps the tourists coming back year after year,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“It’s the hope that growth in the tourism industry will go some ways in filling the economic void.
“The locals know far better than we do what’s best for their tourism industry. Mark and I are here to listen to these locals and hopefully provide any assistance we can to help them put their ideas into action.
“Meeting Delvene was a privilege as her work for the Commonwealth Games – designing the medals and the showpiece Migaloo Whale – was an amazing accomplishment.
“Bumping into Hollywood actor Matt Damon on Straddie was also a highlight. The film industry is critical to tourism in Queensland.”