Tourism a Driving Force

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Southern Queensland Country’s tourism industry has recorded strong growth in the last year with new data released today showing the sector now employs about 9,400 people and pumps more than $920 million into the economy. Tourism Research Australia Satellite Account data for 2016-2017 shows 4.7 … [Read more...]

Police Praise Behaviour

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Take every local, add over six thousand visitors and throw a party and you have what Police would be fair in thinking might be a headache. But they are singing the praises of organisers, locals and visitors alike with no major incidents reported or occurring at Winton’s The Way Out West … [Read more...]

Roma Big Rig Parklands Upgrade


Even with the work underway to upgrade Roma’s Big Rig Parklands locals and visitors are in for a clear run to enjoy the venue and a slab of the improvements, over the Australia Day long weekend. Council says all facilities in the park will be operational for the festivities and all efforts … [Read more...]

Vale – Tom Lockie

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The Funeral for Tom Lockie, one of the South West’s Tourism staunchest advocates, will be held at the Barcaldine Town Hall at 9am on this Saturday, (January 13). Tom, who passed away after a long illness has been described by Outback Queensland Tourism Association general manager, Peter Homan, … [Read more...]

Roma’s Big Rig Still at the Tourist Heart


The Big Rig café may be currently closed for renovations, but the Big Rig remains the ‘Big Heart’ of Maranoa tourism as we run up to Christmas and New Year holiday season. With many families expecting visitors over the break the advice is simple- Make sure you include a visit to the Big Rig … [Read more...]

Domestic Tourism Pull Gathers Strength

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The latest Tourism Research Australia data show that Our Towns have been far from sluggish from helping drive the state’s domestic visitor numbers which in the past year grew 6.2 per cent to a record high of 21.5 million. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones says Australian travellers … [Read more...]

Time to Talk Tourism

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Maranoa Regional Council is inviting businesses and industry representatives to come along to Tourism and Hospitality Industry Presentations next week in Roma and Surat. The informal presentations will feature representatives from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) who will discuss how … [Read more...]

Regional Air Fares Investigation Close


The release of the independent assessment of service levels and regulation into regional airfares is expected to be delayed now until mid-2017, according to transport Minister Jackie Trad. The report was slated for release at the end of March but the Minister says the assessment, while now … [Read more...]

Winton Rebuilds an Australian Tourism Experience

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The $22 million reconstruction of Winton’s iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre gets underway this week and the start has been marked by a visit to town by Local Government Minister Mark Furner and Federal MP David Littleproud. They joined with Winton Mayor Butch Lenton, and the local community to … [Read more...]

Beasts from The Past to Bring More Tourists


As we roll out of the Easter Break and into Tourist season across Our Towns an opening at south east of Winton at the weekend is expect to boost the tourism traffic flow across the west. Former Governor-General, Dame Quentin Bryce, officially opened the $1.3m attraction, Dinosaur Canyon at the … [Read more...]