Redlands Coast’s beautiful North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) took centre stage recently when 190 staff members and volunteers from visitor information centres across South East Queensland visited the island.
Redland City Council hosted the event to showcase the beautiful Redlands Coast.
Mayor Karen Williams said Council was working with tourism operators across the city to increase the number of visitors to Redlands Coast.
“It is no surprise the visitor information centre staff members and volunteers fell in love with North Stradbroke Island and its sheer beauty,” Cr Williams said.
“They were also impressed by the Quandamooka culture, their experience of which included a welcome to country by Aunty Lynette Shipway, and a welcome performance by Quandamooka song man Joshua Walker and the Yulu Burri Ba Dancers.
“Our intrastate visitors also learnt about Quandamooka culture through Quandamooka man Matthew Burns’ cultural artefacts demonstrations.
“I am very pleased that they went away saying they would be recommending Redlands Coast to all who visited their centres across South East Queensland.”
The visitors with the means to encourage tourism to Redlands Coast came from a range of areas, including Brisbane, Brisbane Airport, Scenic Rim, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Wynnum-Manly and Lockyer Valley.
Welcomed by Deputy Mayor Lance Hewlett to the island, the volunteers experienced its naturally wonderful beauty, including Brown Lake and the majestic headlands of Point Lookout.
Organised by Council, the visit was held to educate the attending volunteers and staff members about Redlands Coast, showcase the abundance of tourism products and experiences on offer, and have them finish the day feeling inspired and ready to promote our region.