Funding cut threatens Tenterfield tourist centre

THE Tenterfield Visitors Information Centre could close next month after council voted against continuing to fund the centre beyond July 23.

A motion put to Tenterfield Shire councillors on May 28 stated: "Council contributes a total of $36,300 to the Tenterfield and District Visitors Association for the operation of the Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre."

To continue funding the centre the motion proposed $25,800 was to come from council's tourism restricted reserves 2013/14 and $10,500 from savings in council's proposed tourism promotional expenditure budget for 2014/15.

Councillors voted against the general manager's recommendations and the motion was lost.

At the same meeting councillors voted in favour of a heavy vehicle bypass, leaving Visitors Information Centre staff puzzled at how Tenterfield was meant to attract tourists.

Visitors Information Centre co-ordinator Lara Flanagan said before council made its decision that none of the councillors attended the centre to to see the services it provided.

She said more than 23,000 people had visited the centre in the past 17 months.



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