Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Noosa will be supported by a $6 million tourism recovery package after the Southern Queensland spring bush fires.
The package is jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the package would help attract more visitors so money could flow back into the regions.
“This is $6 million to stimulate local economies affected by the fires,” Minister Littleproud said.
“It will bring tourists back so businesses can open their doors and locals have a job to go to.
“This will put $1.5 million into tourism marketing and $500 thousand for industry recovery officers.
“It also provides $1 million to restore trails in the renowned Lamington National Park.
“The best ways to help a community recover is to get the local economy moving.
“We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities and make more assistance available as it’s needed.”
Queensland Minister for State Development and Minister responsible for the QRA Cameron Dick said it was crucial to attract visitors back to bushfire-impacted areas.
“In Queensland, most of our tourist trade is centred on the natural environment: national parks, wildlife, vineyards,” Minister Dick said.
“The destruction of the historic Binna Burra Lodge in particular has severely affected the local economy, with jobs lost and suppliers also suffering.
“This exceptional circumstances package is about taking a holistic approach to community-led recovery initiatives that build on the strengths of these regions.
“This funding will support operators and help promote the best of Southern Queensland to bring visitors back.