NOT IMPRESSED: Tourism Transition Reference Group representative from Granite Belt Wine Tourism Tony Hassall isn't happy with the way Southern Downs Regional Council has implemented the group's recommendations for Destination Southern Downs.
NOT IMPRESSED: Tourism Transition Reference Group representative from Granite Belt Wine Tourism Tony Hassall isn't happy with the way Southern Downs Regional Council has implemented the group's recommendations for Destination Southern Downs. Contributed

Tourism group representative slams council

As a member of the Tourism Transition Reference Group representing the Granite Belt Wine and Tourism Association, I am writing to express my disgust at the disgraceful way in which council has chosen to implement the recommendations of the group.

The Transition Group recommended a structure comprising six members to be elected by members of the new tourism body.

At the outset, the six were to comprise three from the southern end of the region and three from the north. .

Instead council has unilaterally chosen its own board without any further consultation with the industry and only has two out of seven who represent the Granite Belt.

The biggest travesty is that the new board has not appointed a single person representing the wine industry.

To appoint a board without any wine industry members shows an appalling lack of understanding by the council.

Roll on the next council elections.

Stanthorpe Border Post

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