TEAM Tourism’s Jennifer Houillebecq and John Alwyn-Jones with Southern Downs community services director Tony Minuti and Cr Denise Ingram.
TEAM Tourism’s Jennifer Houillebecq and John Alwyn-Jones with Southern Downs community services director Tony Minuti and Cr Denise Ingram. Jenna Cairney

TEAM Tourism has big plans

INTERNATIONAL "experts" have been bustled into the Southern Downs for a $40,000 tourism strategy.

And Southern Downs Regional Council community services director Tony Minuti stressed yesterday this new spend was different to cash spent "facilitating" a 2010 restructure, which was yet to be applied.

"Since then council has adopted a bottom's-up funding approach," Mr Minuti said.

"Which is currently being implemented through a transitional working group."

He said this strategy was part of the local government's economic development strategy and would focus more on things like infrastructure needed to improve the region as a destination.

While the regional tourism body is still discussing a merger with Toowoomba and others, and the local bodies are still in "transitional" limbo, Mr Minuti insisted the latest spend wasn't premature and was in line with the budget.

"This was the reason we went for a bottom's-up approach, so whatever happens at a regional level won't affect local level," Mr Minuti said.

Workshops were held in Warwick yesterday, with one to be held in Stanthorpe Civic Centre on Thursday from 9.30am.

Consultant John Alwyn-Jones from TEAM Tourism praised the council for taking a leadership role in tourism.

He said there would be a regional workshop on Thursday, March 8, and the final documents were expected to be finished by the beginning of June.


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