PUBLIC art and way finder statement signs will brighten the entry to Gallery Walk after the federal government chipped in $100,000 for the Scenic Rim Story Makers Project.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz announced the funding on Tamborine Mountain to the delight of business operators keen to see new life breathed into the tourism strip.
The $100,000 contribution, made under the Commonwealth’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program, will be used for installations at the future Gallery Walk Community Park and in Canungra next to the School of Arts hall.
The Scenic Rim Regional Council has welcomed the boost, which will help with the development of their Scenic Rim Way project to promote tourism in the region.
Mr Buchholz said the investment would help attract more visitors and provide a boost for the local economy.
“This region – Tamborine Mountain, Canungra and the Scenic Rim as a whole – has so much to offer the tourism market and I welcome this funding which will help the council continue its great work of promoting the Scenic Rim,” he said.
“Our hard-working business operators on Gallery Walk and in Canungra will benefit from these installations and the flow-on effects will be positive.”
Operators of Fortitude Brewery, which sits behind the site of the future Gallery Walk Community Park and public art installation, welcomed the announcement.
“This is just what Gallery Walk really needs – a spruce up to keep it from looking a bit tired,” said cellar door manager Trish Kimber.
“We can’t wait to see the finished product and to see this vacant patch of land put to good use.”