Queensland’s Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre has undergone a mini-makeover during COVID-19 and the redeveloped $1.3 million deck has now reopened for visitors for the start of the long weekend.
Minister for Environment, Leeanne Enoch said the redevelopment had created 80 jobs in tough times.
“In total, the Palaszczuk Government has invested $3 million over three years to upgrade facilities at Walkabout Creek,” Minister Enoch said.
“Our Government is investing $45 million in revitalising infrastructure in National Parks and State Forests to provide new opportunities for Queensland’s nature-based ecotourism industry, and boost employment in regional areas.
“This is on top of the additional $8.9 million National Parks Works and Jobs Boost program, to improve existing facilities, and help support tourism and local jobs, of which $250,000 has been earmarked for Walkabout Creek for further visitor upgrades.”
The Minister acknowledged the ongoing contribution of Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) rangers across the state and for their involvement in reopening the popular destination at The Gap.
“Every day these rangers go above and beyond to protect the community, our national parks and the forests, native animals and endangered species and for that, I say thank you,” Ms Enoch said.
She said Walkabout Creek was a popular day trip destination for locals and tourists alike, with walking tracks, a reservoir for swimming, cycle tracks, and a BMX beginner skills course.
“Walkabout Creek is 12 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, so on this long weekend you don’t have to travel far to experience the natural beauty of this state,” said Ms Enoch.
“Catering partner Cuisine on Cue will be able to reopen its doors and the new deck will once again become a social hub where visitors can enjoy the ambience of the natural D’Aguilar bush.”
“After the devastating effects of COVID-19 for our business, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to our café and creating much needed jobs in the hospitality industry,” said Cuisine on Cue managing director, Anna Morrow.
“Cuisine on Cue is privileged to work alongside QPWS on this exciting relaunch in such a stunning Brisbane location,” she said.