Info centre revival imminent

HOLIDAY Hervey Bay yesterday handed over the log book the group hopes will convince the Fraser Coast Regional Council to reopen the visitor information centre on the highway south of Maryborough.

For 56 days during the past three months, volunteers from the business group manned a tourist information desk at the Matilda service station on the northbound side of the highway and they recorded details of what was discussed with the 671 people who visited.

Delfinos Bay Resort resident manager Andrew Crewe and Boat Harbour Resort owner-manager Robin Dick handed over the log book to councillor Belinda McNeven yesterday.

Ms McNeven said it would be interesting to look at the log book as preliminary background information.

Mr Dick said they had handed out hundreds of brochures to tourists and about eight boxes of accommodation guides from the information desk.

He, Mr Crewe and The Grange Resort’s Peter Butler were the core volunteers who staffed the desk which was now unmanned because they had to devote more time to their own businesses in the lead-up to Christmas.

Mr Crewe said Holiday Hervey Bay had spent $2500 on a highway billboard and another $1000 setting up the information desk and DVD to promote the region.

“It was a great exercise and it just proved that it’s needed,” he said.

The visitor centre next to the service station was closed about three or four years ago and is now occupied by the Fraser Coast Show Society.

The council is still paying the lease which has more than 10 years left to run.

Previously, councillor Anne Nioa has said that council has no intention of reopening the visitor centre because of a strategic decision to locate centres where they could benefit businesses in town.

She said the council funded four visitor centres in Tiaro, Maryborough City Hall, Hervey Bay Airport and near Urraween Road on the outskirts of Hervey Bay.

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