Carmel Bond from the Dayboro Visitor Information Centre is trumpeting changes she hopes will boost tourism in the region.
Better roads, signage, maps and public transport could hold
the key to attracting more visitors to the scenic areas of The Westerner
A draft action plan, aimed at increasing and enhancing tourism in the Moreton Bay Hinterland,
has been formulated by State Member for
Pine Rivers Seath Holswich and his constituents.
The draft plan, which lists 64 ways to better promote areas
such as Dayboro, Samford, Mt Mee, Petrie, Lake Samsonvale and Lake Kurwongbah
to visitors, was devised following a public forum on local tourism held in
Dayboro in June.
Mr Holswich said the draft action plan was based on input from
tourism operators, residents, business owners and community leaders.
“The plan captures a wide range of ideas and challenges that
need to be thoroughly investigated in order to grow the local tourism
industry,” he said.
“The ideas are diverse and include issues such as the need for
better road infrastructure, ideas for bike and horse trails, ways to market our
region and ways to better utilise the lakes.”
Carmel Bond from the Dayboro Visitor Information Centre
believes more camping facilities, and opening up local lakes to the public for
water sports, should be on the agenda.
Currently only members of the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association are able to access the
waterway for recreational purposes.
“There is no camping anywhere in the district… and on Lake
Samsonvale there’s no camping allowed in the area,” Mrs Bond said.
“Camping is the thing we get asked about a lot here, and there are
only two designated camping grounds up in the Mt Mee State Forest, which yo
have to go online and pre-book and pre-pay.”
“People are always looking for walking tracks but what they
don’t understand is while it’s nice to be able to walk along the river, it’s
all private property.”
Mrs Bond said while local bed and breakfast businesses were
surviving on the back of popular wedding venues, visitors rarely stay for an
“It’s very much a day trip destination because of its close
proximity to Brisbane, and maybe our problem is that we’re too close to
Brisbane,” she said.
“People aren’t really coming to stay weekends but instead they
come on day trips, and here on a weekend it is extremely busy.”
Locals also suggested that improvements to Mt Mee and Mt Samson
Roads could also drive more tourism in the region.
The Moreton Bay Hinterland Tourism Draft Action Plan can be
downloaded from http://www.seathholswich.com/
Mr Holswich is calling
for expressions of interest for the formation of a working group that will
assess the ideas floated in the draft action plan.
Expressions of interest should be lodged with the Pine Rivers
Electorate Office by 31 August.
Phone 3205 6779 or email