Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz has today welcomed a joint State and Federal package to support tourism in the Scenic Rim.
Mr Buchholz said some areas in the Scenic Rim were struggling to attract visitors after the bushfires and that was having an impact on small businesses.
“Tourism, specifically eco-tourism is a large part of our local economy. As a result of the recent fires visitor numbers have dropped and local businesses are feeling the pinch.
“Many cafes, restaurants, boutiques, adventure sport providers and accommodation hubs have seen bookings drop, customer numbers fall and cash flow down.
“The impact of a bushfire is horrible and sadly the pain does not stop once the fire front has passed or been contained.
“Towns and villages throughout the region that are reliant on tourism have been impacted, including Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, Rathdowney and Tamborine Mountain.
Mr Buchholz said it was important Government took the necessary steps and made sensible investments to help restore activity in the local tourism sector.
“We're helping to rebuild confidence in local tourism.
“This is some of the most beautiful country in the world. An investment of $1 million will go toward restoring trails in Lamington National Park.
“The region offers so much, there is lots to see, do, eat and buy.
“We've heard from locals that they're feeling the brunt of lower tourism numbers. This package will help restore our local tourism sector and see business thrive again.
“I say to everyone – the Scenic Rim is open for business. Come visit, eat, buy and stay local!” Mr Buchholz said.
Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Noosa will be supported by a $6 million tourism recovery package.
The package is jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the package would help attract more visitors so money could flow back into the regions.
Pictured: Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz and Cr Virginia West, after visiting the Headmasters Cafe at Beechmont and the Beechmont Area Progress Association.