Councillor scores top tourism job

FRASER Coast councillor Anne Nioa has been appointed chairman of Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism.

But she says it is not a conflict of interest and that her council responsibilities compliment her new role.

Ms Nioa, who holds the council’s tourism and marketing portfolio, said: “I don’t think it’s a conflict of interest at all. I think it’s a strong, positive thing. When I go to the board I think as a board member not just a councillor.

“I will have a really open line of communication through all of those channels.

“I think it can all only be positive.”

Ms Nioa was elected unopposed last week following Joe Minnegal’s decision to stand down after five-and-a-half years in the position.

“I’m very flattered they’ve elected me to the position after Joe,” Ms Nioa said.

“He’s been there for over five years and has done a fantastic job.”

The councillor will be chairman for the next 12 months and already has a few ideas up her sleeve.

“We will be heading in the same direction but with my own special stamp.

“I’m very keen to consolidate what we’ve been doing.”

Improving the strategic alliance between the tourism board, the council and tourism operators was important, said Ms Nioa before adding: “It really is a three-prong fork.”

Growing the boards membership base is another one of her aims, along with talking with operators more and continuing the relationship with Tourism Queensland.

She also hopes to hold workshops for operators in the first half of next year and raise awareness through the community of how beneficial tourism is, not just for the industry, but for everyone across the Fraser Coast.

“Tourism is a vital part of our region, injecting over $600 million into our local economy per year, and I am looking forward to working with all for the benefit of everyone who lives in and visits our area.”

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