A re-elected Morrison Government will invest $2.3 million to help deliver a Tourism Information and Business Centre on Thursday Island to develop a tourism gateway to the Torres Strait.
The centre will optimise commercial opportunities on Thursday Island and across the Torres Shire by providing information and services to visitors and residents relating to the cultural and recreational activities, accommodation, transport, local goods, services and tours that the region has to offer.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said he had been working closely with the Torres Shire Council to deliver the funding for this shovel ready project.
He said the Thursday Island Tourism Information and Business Centre formed part of his comprehensive plan for the community.
“The Torres Strait is one of the nation’s most spectacular and culturally significant regions and this commitment forms part of my comprehensive plan for the community,” Mr Entsch said.
“Existing local businesses and tourism attractions on Thursday Island will also benefit from strengthened marketing and business partnerships facilitated by the centre with increasing visitation, overnight stays and cruise ship visitors to Thursday Island.
“These businesses include local artists, pearl farming tours, cultural dancing, site seeing and island-hopping tours.
“The centre will also provide employment opportunities for locals when it is up-and-running.
“By attracting more visitors to Thursday Island and the Torres Strait, this will in turn increase employment opportunities for local residents.
“The Torres Strait is truly one of our nation’s most spectacular regions and I believe that all Aussies should have the opportunity to explore it for themselves.”
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