begin at Australia Zoo
family-friendly place to visit'
face' as work begins
on zoo's new campground
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WORK on a new $8 million 108-site camping
area at Australia Zoo in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is underway.
And the news has saddened local caravan parks who complain that Camp Croc
Hunter, which will offer everything from tent accommodation to caravan and
RV powered sites, will rob them of business.
"This is a slap in the face for us," the owner of one local park, who
requested anonymity, told Caravanning News.
Some critics targeted Queensland State Government for pouring $3 million
into the project at the world famous Beerwah tourist attraction.
"There is a well appointed caravan park just down the road at Landsborough,"
one wrote on our Facebook page.
"Shame on council for allowing a multi-million dollar venture to dominate
the surrounding small caravan parks and accommodation."
But Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the government
was partnering with the private sector to bring forward tourism projects
that would create jobs on the Sunshine Coast.
'An entirely new way
to experience Australian wildlife'
She was on hand as earth moving equipment
started groundworks for the footprint of the reception and restaurant
areas for the planned camping ground.
"Australia Zoo is an icon. This project, funded in partnership with the
zoo, will give tourists an entirely new way to experience Australian
wildlife in one of the most beautiful tourism destinations in the world,"
Planning work to provide electricity, water and public amenities at a new
campground had already been completed.
"In the next few weeks people will start to see more boots on the ground
working towards opening this new unique on-site accommodation in 2020,"
Australia Zoo director Wes Mannion believed the new campground would be a
great boost to jobs on the Sunshine Coast.
"We're really pleased to partner with the Queensland Government on this
as part of their Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund because the benefits
of this development will be threefold.
"It will employ more people locally, encourage visitors to stay longer and
increase spending on the Sunshine Coast.
"We expect the campground to be opening as part of our 50th anniversary
celebrations in 2020."
Australia Zoo expects the project will support up to 33 construction jobs
and 43 operational ones.
When fully operational the campground is expected to attract more than
39,000 annual visitors and contribute up to $4.5 million in visitor
expenditure a year to the region.
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