Redevelopment at Mon Repos to bring economic boost
A boost to Bundaberg’s economy through increased tourism is just one of the benefits of the redeveloped Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund provided a $3.75 million grant towards the project.
“The redevelopment of the centre means we now have a world class, year-round ecotourism attraction centred on turtle research, conservation and education,” Mr Pitt said.
“Mon Repos is home to the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region and more than 30,000 people visit the centre each year.
“The new centre will provide an immersive experience for visitors, but importantly help protect the significant turtle breeding ground through research and conservation.
“It’s important to have a drawcard like this redeveloped centre to bring people in to the region and ensure they have a great experience which they then go and tell all their family and friends about,” he said.
New interpretive signage and interactive displays, upgraded landscaping, boardwalks and pathways and day-use facilities have been included in the redevelopment at the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
“The project has created jobs during the construction phase and will deliver ongoing economic benefits by attracting more tourists to visit the region and it will also be used by the local community and school groups.”