Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP and Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay said that they are supportive of increased investment in sustainable eco-tourism projects such as the proposed Obi Obi Zipline canopy tour.
Mr Powell said that the last week’s announcement that Australian Zip Line Canopy Tours had been invited to submit a more detailed proposal on the Zipline was an exciting development for the Montville tourism industry.
“This project will be an environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism venture which presents the Montville tourism industry and the wider Sunshine Coast with a unique opportunity to showcase our natural environment,” Mr Powell said.
Economically, the Zipline has the potential to harness the expanding nature and adventure based markets and attract up to 25,000 visitors per year, providing an annual turnover of $2.4 million, plus an estimated regional flow-on of $3.2 million and 52 regional full time equivalent jobs.
Montville Chamber of Commerce President, Shiralee Cooper, said that the proposed world class canopy tour will be a major eco-tourism coup for the Hinterland and a point of difference for the entire Sunshine Coast.
“The Montville Chamber of Commerce applauds the Queensland State Government’s increased focus on developing eco-tourism.
This Zipline proposal is a very exciting initiative showcasing our spectacular part of the world and building on our Eco Experience credentials,” Ms Cooper said.
Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay said this was great news for the local area as well as the whole of the Sunshine Coast region.
Sunshine Coast Council is striving to make the region the most sustainable place in Australia – a sustainable economy, environment and community. This eco-tourism focused development will benefit all of these areas,” Cr McKay said.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey last week announced that Australian Zip Line Canopy Tours will now be required to demonstrate that environmental checks and balances are incorporated into the planning, design and operation of the Zipline development, and show how the proposal will deliver economically for the community.
Subject to the concept being fully assessed through this next stage the Queensland Government, traditional owners, the Jinibara People, and Australian Zip Line Canopy Tours will work together to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties.
ENDS – 30 May 2014