Two projects a ‘Cue’ for more tourists
24 November 2017
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Durack
WA Minister for Regional Development
WA Member for Mining and Pastoral
President of the Shire of Cue
- Two projects officially opened today to boost tourism in the Shire of Cue
- New community and visitors centre and a caravan-friendly rest stop
- The Coalition Government invested $740,000 in the two projects
The Shire of Cue has become more accessible to visitors after the completion of two tourism infrastructure projects.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said today's opening of the Cue Community and Visitors Centre and the caravan-friendly Cue Oasis rest stop would encourage tourists to spend more time in the town and surrounding area.
“Cue has a rich history as one of Australia's gold-rush towns and much of the architecture from that era has been beautifully preserved,” Mr Chester said.
“The construction of the new centre and rest stop are great examples of the Coalition Government's commitment to boost regional tourism and tourism jobs, while also addressing the needs of local communities.”
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the new Cue Community and Visitors Centre is housed in a repurposed heritage building.
“Constructed in 1896 from locally quarried stone and after operating for 118 years as the Cue Post Office, the building itself is a genuine piece of history,” Ms Price said.
“After the building's extensive refurbishment it now provides locals and visitors with access to a wide range of community services including a library, exhibition space, meeting room, offices and a kitchen.”
Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan said the restored centre built on Cue's heritage to create tourism opportunities for the town.
“Tourism is a major driver of employment in regional areas and this project perfectly captures Cue's rich heritage to bring new visitors to the town.”
Western Australian Member for Mining and Pastoral Kyle McGinn said he saw the great benefits that came with upgrading local visitors' centres.
"It is well known that tourism is a great economic driver in Western Australia and these new facilities in Cue will allow more visitors to experience and explore the rich mining history of Cue firsthand.
“I look forward to meeting with residents who will benefit from increased tourism, and encourage visitors from Australia and around the globe to visit these new facilities in Cue.”
Shire President Ross Pidgon said the Cue Oasis will provide a welcome resting stop for travellers on the Great Northern Highway.
“These facilities were designed with accessibility in mind. In fact, after the Shire ordered a standard table setting to be modified for wheelchair access, the supplier introduced the design to their catalogue,” Cr Pidgon said.
“This facility will contribute to the economic development of Cue as travellers stop and explore the heritage buildings and support local businesses.”
The Coalition Government invested $300,000 in the Cue Community and Visitors Centre, with contributions from the Western Australian Government ($200,000), the Shire of Cue ($356,000) and Lotterywest ($305,000). The Coalition Government and the Shire of Cue each invested $440,000 towards the Cue Oasis rest stop.