Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fresh Eyes for Tourism; Not So Little Block on the Mount

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fresh Eyes for Tourism; Not So Little Block on the Mount

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Byline: Sean Fox Sean.Fox@capnews.com.au

AFTER arriving in Mount Morgan four years ago, Graeme Meade wants a fresh approach to lure tourists to the historic town.

Owner of Collectables and Memories Mt Morgan, Graeme concocted an idea on how to use a prime vacant block of land in the town's CBD.

"The Rockhampton Regional Council and the State Government should put their heads together," he said.

"Build a new police station (and holding cells) on the site, with a heritage facade, then it can help draw people to the town."

While Graeme believed there would be no industry to come, he said "the saviour of Mount Morgan has to be tourism".

Located on Morgan St (adjacent to the town's School of Arts building and Grand Hotel) lies a grassed area which reaches back to Cutter Lane.

As she confirmed Rockhampton Regional Council owned the land, mayor Margaret Strelow told The Morning Bulletin last week they have explored shorter-term use for the block.

Their plan included beautification of the area and installation of picnic tables and shelters.

"In terms of the long-term future of the land, a number of ideas have been put forward over the years but council doesn't have any current plans," Cr Strelow said.

"Rockhampton Regional Council does own the plot of land adjacent to the Mount Morgan School of Arts, and community groups and businesses who hire out the School of Arts will often use the land as part of their event to hold a barbecue or another outdoor activity."

Meanwhile, fellow Mount Morgan residents have joined Graeme to raise their voice to show their vision.

See below their ideas that were shared on the Mount Morgan Pride Facebook page recently.

David Thornton: Hungry Jack's.

Eric John Stevenson: Free barbecue area with band rotunda for May weekends and shaded eating areas with kids play area. …

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