Kroombit Tops? future planned
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A NUMBER of regional councils met in Biloela recently to discuss Kroombit Tops as a marketing lure for tourism to the Gladstone region.
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) general manager Danial Rochford said Kroombit Tops had the potential to be 'the jewel in the crown of tourism development in the region'.
Mr Rochford said Calliope, Banana and Monto shire councils, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) were involved in the discussions on Monday.
'All stakeholders are keen to do as much as they can with QPWS to develop this piece of unique Australia for the enjoy-ment of locals and visitors,' he said.
Mr Rochford said the meeting resolved to form a sub-committee to address issues of the road network in the national park in liaison with QPWS.
Development would include improved road access to Kroombit Tops from the east (via Calliope), the west (from Biloela) and the south (from Monto).
'It will involve sustainable infrastructure to meet the demand being made by an increasing flow of visitors to Kroombit Tops.'
However, he said there was no intention of developing the area to the same degree that Carnarvon Gorge further west has been developed.
The councils and other stakeholders will look into obtaining funding for the project from the federal and state governments.