How to balance mining and tourism
HOW to balance being the premier mining state with being the premier tourism state was the focus of a forum in Brisbane on Tuesday which was attended by Tourism Whitsundays and Enterprise Whitsundays Acting CEO Danielle Seymour.
"How to balance both mining and tourism growth is probably the key challenge facing our region's economy," Ms Seymour said.
"Both industries have huge benefits to offer the Whitsundays, but both need to be managed effectively in order to co-exist," she said.
"There are certainly some common infrastructure needs such as airports and the Bruce Highway which when upgraded will benefit both industries.
"However there are still challenges in terms of demand for skilled staff, and ensuring our environmental reputation."
The forum was hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and guest speakers included MP and Federal Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson, CEO of Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche and CEO of Gladstone Area Development and Promotion Glen Churchill.