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February 02, 2018

Federal Labor will establish a local advisory panel to provide expert advice on the delivery of a Shorten Labor Government’s $1 billion Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund.


Labor’s local advisory panel will include representatives from major regional tourism centres, including Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.


Senator for Queensland Murray Watt met with tourism operators in Yeppoon to discuss what this would mean for the Southern Great Barrier Reef destination.


“This is proof Labor is listening to the community,” Senator Watt said.


“Just four months ago I travelled to Yeppoon with Jason Clare, the Shadow Minister for Northern Australia and Jim Chalmers, the Shadow Minister for Finance, to discuss Labor’s $1 billion Northern Australian Tourism Infrastructure Fund.”


“From that meeting one thing was very clear – locals know what their communities need and Labor wants to listen and learn from them. So we refined our policy, to make sure that local expertise was front and centre.”


“Unlike Turnbull’s secretive NAIF, which hides its actions from the public and has spent more money on executive salaries and travel perks than they have on central Queensland”


CEO of Capricorn Enterprise, Mary Carroll said she was pleased to see the changes.


“This is the power of local advocacy in action. It is fantastic to see our region’s tourism advocacy affect national change,” Ms Carroll said.


“Our local tourism industry has huge potential, particularly in nature based activities.  Policies to help our small to medium businesses develop existing and new products will grow our destination and create jobs.”


Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga said it was proof of what could be achieved when politicians and the community work together.


“Labor is delivering at both a State and Federal level for tourism operators in our region,” said Ms Lauga.


“Just last year the Palaszczuk Government committed $25 million for key infrastructure on Great Keppel Island.”


“Labor is listening to the community and then delivering.”

Locals who wish to be considered for the panel are encouraged to write to [email protected] to express interest.

The Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund will be fully offset by the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility – which is yet to invest a single dollar or create a single local job in Queensland.