Thursday, June 13, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Prossie Prepares For Barra And Boots Festival

Huge weekend at Lake Proserpine Campgrounds tomorrow and Sunday as they host the first Barra and Boots Festival and Camping Event.
Event organisers RegFest have gathered some absolute legends of Australian Country Music to play a very intimate gig at Lake Proserpine with only 600 tickets available the event is close to a selling out.
Major new events like this added to the Whitsunday calendar are vital to attract visitors to our region. It is unique in that campers will be able to stroll out of their camping spot, grab a camp chair, fill their esky and watch the concert live from within campsite getting up close and personal with all the artists like Adam Brand, Sara Storer, Andrew Swift, Portia Clark and many more.
Last week I was in Brisbane advocating to the Queensland Government for funding for the next stage of the Lake Proserpine Masterplan.
Stage 1 of the Lake Proserpine Barramundi Fishing and Interactive Nature Recreational Precinct opened in 2020 and the project was delivered in partnership with the Qld Government with the aim of growing the mainland tourism experiences in the Whitsundays.
Lake Proserpine has been a jewel in the crown for our region in attracting fishing enthusiasts and caravaners as it is famous as the home of the 1 metre plus barramundi which can be fished all year round. Each year, the Lake is restocked with over 20,000 barramundi fingerlings.
Council is seeking collaborative funding from the State Government to help deliver the next stage of the Masterplan which includes adding alternative accommodation options to attract new domestic and international visitor markets who want to stay at the Lake but are constrained by only camping and caravan options.
The next stage will deliver 10 eco cabins equipped with an off-grid power system featuring a 10-kW solar array and battery setup for energy independence, a high-quality sustainable materials and minimising waste during the manufacturing process, resulting in low to no running costs.
Business cases developed by our Economic Development team show the project would drive an additional 4,380 annual visitor nights and $1.472M in annual tourism expenditure into the Whitsunday region economy.

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