Oprah Fraser visit in pipeline
THE WORLD'S most powerful celebrity, Oprah Winfrey, may visit Fraser Island.
The local indigenous community, the Butchulla, have invited the American megastar and her entourage to drop in for a traditional welcome to Country by the elders, entertainment by the Butchulla children's choir and a dance show.
“And if Oprah accepts, we will put on a genuine bush tucker tea or lunch for her, her production team, the 300 guests flying with Qantas and members of Tourism Queensland and the Fraser Coast community,” Butchulla elder Aunty Frances Gala said yesterday.
Mrs Gala said tribal elders had discussed inviting Ms Winfrey earlier this week, after hearing that three of Australia's state tourism organisations were currently fine-tuning the philanthropic star's itinerary.
“Fraser Island, which we have called k'gari for thousands of years, is our ancestral home.
“It is also World Heritage-listed and the world's largest sand island.
“Any visit to Australia of this significance and magnitude would not be complete without going on to Fraser Island, to k'gari.”
Mrs Gala wrote and express posted the invitation letter to Anthony Hayes, Tourism Queensland's Brisbane-based CEO yesterday.
She also sent a package to Tourism Australia's managing director Andrew McEvoy.
“We would be very humbled if Ms Winfrey accepted our invitation.”