A Shorten Labor Government will back a plan to construct a new iconic tourist site for the Cairns region by committing $5 million to the proposed Wangetti Tourist Trail.
Labor understands the importance of tourism in the region. It's crucial to creating jobs and to growing the economy of Queensland and Australia.
The proposed trail will deliver a new tourist site along the coastal ranges between Palm Cove and Port Douglas, north of Cairns and give walkers and cyclists access to the region’s unique flora, fauna and natural landscapes, by winding through rainforests and along beaches.
Key features of the Trail will include:
- 76km mixed mountain bike and walking trails
- Overnight facilities such as campsites and related amenities
- Access to commercial accommodation, food and leisure experiences along the trail.
The trail could also become a vehicle for potential employment of the local Indigenous community – through the construction and ongoing maintenance and management of the trail, and employment on the trail as guides.
Labor will ensure the traditional owners - the Yirrganydji people - are consulted throughout the development phase.
This project was first raised at a ‘Back to Work Forum’ Labor held in April this year and is an example of Labor listening and backing the Cairns community.
Labor will work with the Council, local business and Indigenous leaders to support private sector investment and to help the region grow, to make sure the infrastructure is in place to encourage more people to visit Cairns and the region and experience all it has to offer.
The project is currently at the feasibility stage, with a detailed concept plan having been developed.
Cairns Regional Council estimates that when completed the new tourist trail will attract around 36,000 walkers and cyclists each year, and create 74 additional jobs in the region, as well as an extra $10.4 million in new economic activity in Tropical North Queensland that is directly attributable to the Trail.
In addition to this commitment, Labor has also announced a $1 billion Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund that would be available for expanding the local tourism sector to maximise the benefit of the Trail.
More information on Labor’s announcement can be found here.