Coalition promises to invest in jobs for Maryborough

SPEAKING in Maryborough, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said a re-elected Coalition Government would make the Portside precinct project a reality by investing $395,000 into the $790,000 project.  

"Being from a country town with a strong tourism sector myself, I understand the value of regional tourism in creating local jobs," Minister Nash said.  

"I often say I want to help build regional communities that our children and grandchildren want to stay in or come back to, and culture is one of the things which brings our young people back."  

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said it was important to invest in local communities.  

"This project can help Maryborough attract tourists and tourism dollars, which means more business for local operators and more jobs for Maryborough," Minister Joyce said.  

"It will ensure that regional communities like Maryborough benefit from our economic plan for jobs and growth."

LNP Candidate for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien said this project would link heritage sites and collections into a unique, integrated cultural tourism experience.  

"This project will establish Maryborough as a recognised destination for cultural creativity, innovation and learning and a fundamental driver of cultural tourism and arts practice on the Fraser Coast and I'm proud the Coalition is committing to it," Mr O'Brien said.  

"This investment by the Coalition will help expand tourism by offering another attraction for visitors to Maryborough as well as helping grow jobs in the retail and hospitality sector.  

The project consists of:

  • Restoration and adaptive reuse fitout of 311 Kent Street Maryborough - to establish an artist workspace, showroom and business incubation space.
  • Restoration and adaptive reuse fitout of 331 Kent Street Maryborough - to establish a new PL Travers interpretive centre including interactive displays, retail and café space.
  • Adaptive reuse fitout and interpretive displays Lot 299 Wharf Street - to establish a rotational exhibition/display space including interactive displays, retail and enhanced café space at the Customs House Residence.
  • Development of interactive interpretive display and tour assets to support new cultural tourism experiences including guided tours and sound and light experiences.
  •  Installation of interpretive, public art and wayfinding infrastructure within Portside Precinct.

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