RM Williams tourism project opens
INTEGRAL to tourism in the Burnett region, the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre officially opened it's Tourism Enhancement Project at the weekend.
The $473,130 project was a joint initiative of the North Burnett Regional Council and the Queensland Government with council receiving $270,000 through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.
Expansions included the installation of equipment to provide a Night Show, an internal refit of the current display, a bush camp, an adventure playground, and landscaping.
Alongside Mayor Rachel Chambers, MP Glenn Butcher spoke on behalf of Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchcliffe to commemorate the importance of the centre and the Tourism Enhancement Project.
"This has been very much a community project, with input from local indigenous leaders and stockmen going towards enhancing an important tourism destination that plays a key role in the local economy,” MP Butcher said.
"This is such a fantastic project because not only does it tick boxes surrounding tourism and jobs, the additional cultural benefits of education, history and connection to the land are priceless.”
Open to community members, the official proceedings began at 11am on Sunday and were followed by a tour of the centre, facilities and grounds as well as a light luncheon.
The centre functions both as a tourist attraction and a youth and adult vocational education facility.
Cr Chambers said that for the youth of today, the centre would provide an exploration of the region's pioneering history.
"For the middle-aged this centre will serve as a reminder to how lucky we are today that pioneers have carved a path before us. And for the older generations this centre will stir up memories...” she said.
"We will break down barriers, educate and make new friends and one by one we will increase understanding and respect for what country Australia offered our pioneering past...”