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Powell Media Release – Happy camping in Glass House (1 April 2014)

Glass House residents will be able to enjoy a new range of quality options on their camping trips with the launch of new guidelines.

The Queensland Camping Options Toolkit has been released following a successful series of community consultation workshops around the state last year.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the guidelines deliver on the Newman Government’s election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.

“This Toolkit will give the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Regional Councils the confidence to assess their current approach to camping and engage stakeholders to grow the local economy through attracting more drive tourists to Glass House,” Mr Powell said.

“Feedback from many different groups right across Queensland has developed the Camping Options Toolkit to help councils effectively manage camping within their local area.

“We must ensure these options are provided and managed in a way that is supported by our local governments, caravan park operators, and the wider Glass House business community.

“Councils can consider these options and adapt them to suit their circumstances and community expectations.”

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said caravanning and camping has boomed in recent years, resulting in huge numbers of people travelling throughout the state.

“Domestic tourism accounts for 80 per cent of visitor spending,” Ms Stuckey said.

The former Labor Government increased tourism taxes and business costs, added many layers of red tape, and abolished tourism industry support and infrastructure programs. Failing to acknowledge these issues that plagued the Tourism Industry is why Queensland slipped from being Australia’s number one leisure destination to just third place.

These guidelines will assist local Glass House operators in providing visitors with the best experience possible.

“With many rural and regional communities relying on revenue from drive tourism, there is a real need for the widest possible range of accommodation options,” Mr Powell said.

The Camping Options Toolkit is a key outcome of the Newman Government’s Queensland Drive Tourism Strategy, which aims to encourage more travellers to take a driving holiday in Glass House.

The Toolkit and further information on the drive tourism strategy are available at www.dtesb.qld.gov.au/tourism/queensland-drive-tourism-strategy.

ENDS- 1 April 2014

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