Tourists heading to Wujal Wujal will soon have access to more eco-friendly accommodation options, off the back of funding through Round 4 of the Palaszczuk Government’s successful $295 million Building our Regions (BoR) program.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Round 4 of Building our Regions will see the Palaszczuk Government partner with 37 councils on 49 projects.
“This work will deliver vital infrastructure to our communities and will stimulate regional economic growth, while supporting an estimated 657 jobs,” Mr Dick said.
“The $1 million Wujal Wujal Eco Village upgrade project is being fully funded through BoR, with several jobs to be created during the construction phase.”
Wujal Wujal Ministerial Champion Leeanne Enoch said Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council should be commended for wanting to tap into the lucrative ‘grey nomad’ tourism market.
“This project will significantly improve facilities at the local Eco Village and will result in more visitors travelling to this beautiful part of Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.
“Diversifying and raising the quality of accommodation options will enrich visitor experiences and create a new stream of income for the community.
“Four new safari tents – built on raised decks – will be delivered as part of the upgrades, in addition to a camp kitchen and other improved amenities and communal areas.
“There will also be designated camping and RV parking areas, including an RV waste water disposal point.”
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the project would have long-term benefits for the Wujal Wujal community, and the region as a whole.
“If we can attract more visitors to the region then that’s going to increase spending at local businesses and boost our economy,” Ms Lui said.
“These people will then return home and tell their friends about the region, which will create a fantastic tourism snowball effect for the Far North.”
Wujal Wujal Mayor Desmond Tayley said the new facilities and RV waste water disposal point will provide a reason for visitors to stay longer and explore the area, rather than pass straight through.
“We expect the new accommodation to be used by service providers and tourists, as well as people visiting their relatives and friends,” Mr Tayley said.
“I would like to thank the Queensland Government for helping us to deliver this project to bring more people to our area, and to better provide facilities for the local community.”
Under previous rounds, the program has allocated $225 million to 174 critical infrastructure projects across the state, generating 1762 jobs and attracting additional investment of $353.5 million from councils and other organisations.
Learn more about the Building our Regions program.