MERGER: Granite Belt Wine and Tourism is set to merge with Warwick Tourism and Events to create one Local Tourism Organisation.
MERGER: Granite Belt Wine and Tourism is set to merge with Warwick Tourism and Events to create one Local Tourism Organisation. Contributed

Is there a future for GBWT group?

GRANITE Belt Wine and Tourism members will hold strong following an extraordinary general meeting on Tuesday evening.

The organisation met at the QCWT to discuss the future of the organisation and its assets.

Those in attendance voted to keep GBWT going as a lobby group and voice for the Granite Belt Wine Country but to hold off making decisions about its assets until the Destination Southern Downs board had been given adequate time to organise themselves.

GBWT president Michael Bourke said he was left feeling more positive.

"I'm more positive now that we have a strong feeling of direction, as before the meeting the only feelings from the group were disappointment," he said.

The group also decided to write a letter to DSD outlining their wishes.

"We want to know how long the interim board will stand, if they are prepared to take on the responsibility of the BookEasy system, and general operational questions," he said.

"We want to remain owners of the Granite Belt Wine Country brand and offer that DSD use it under an agreement."

As of today GBWT no longer has a marketing officer or premises.

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