A Queensland coastal town is close to wowing Bruce Highway travellers by having a magnificent entrance to its attractions.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe was in Bowen today to inspect the progress of the Beautiful Bowen project, which, when completed, will be the fulfilment of a Palaszczuk Government $5 million election commitment.
“Bowen has natural beauty but after the devastation from Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017, the region really needed some help,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“Our Government’s Special Project Fund stepped in and the Whitsunday Regional Council was able to fund the Developing Bowen Townscape – the Beautiful Bowen project.
“Today we’re inspecting the signage on the Bruce Highway that will point people in the right direction to discover what Bowen and this region have to offer.
“The project has also supported or created about 55 jobs and is just one of the many ways the Palaszczuk Government helps regional councils build important infrastructure and continue to create jobs.
“That’s security for residents who are raising their families here and it means jobs for young people heading into the workforce.
“I am so pleased to be part of a Government that is committed to supporting this council to help beautify the town.”
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said the Beautiful Bowen project had enhanced the entry statements to make a strong first impression on the growing drive market and boost the region’s tourism.
“Increasing visitor numbers and improving their overall experience will obviously provide a boost to our economy,” he said.
“Stage 2 of the project is expected to start soon and will include amenity and landscape improvements in the town centre.
“We already host over 44,000 visitors every year so these Stage 2 townscape works will clearly enhance Bowen’s existing charm and further our reputation as a tourist destination.”