We've built them, they will come
SID Miles is a man with a vision for the future of Casino.
And it is a future linked to the town's historic past.
The former Casino businessman believes the town is missing out on untold tourist dollars by not adequately promoting its many historic buildings and the role the town played in the settlement of the Northern Rivers.
A long-time believer in the untapped tourism potential of the bricks and mortar locals take for granted, Mr Miles, a former Casino Council alderman and a long-time member of Casino mini railway, was prompted to speak out after the Casino Post Office was heritage-listed.
He said Casino had a score of historic buildings that would interest travellers, if only they knew about them.
Mr Miles said signs or plaques could be erected on historic buildings detailing when the original businesses were established and the buildings constructed.
He would also like to see postcards featuring Casino's historic buildings more readily available.
Mr Miles said this would generate interest among the many travellers who currently pass through Casino every day, encouraging more to stay longer or stop over.
"When people come to our town we should be telling them it is an historic place and showing them where our historic buildings are," Mr Miles said.
"Not everyone calls into the tourist information office, so if we can show them by way of signs out the front of buildings, many more people would know about them.
"Many historic towns do something similar and Tasmania has made an industry out of it. Most people travelling to Tasmania go there for the history of the place."
Mr Miles said the cairn to mark The Crossing Place - the first established place to cross the Richmond River - in Richmond St, Casino, didn't even carry the date it was established (1840).
"I came to Casino in 1956 to make a quick quid and go home but I decided to stay because I love the town and I wouldn't go anywhere else," he said.
"But four of my grandkids have had to leave town to get work, which I guess is why I am so interested in promoting it and everything it has to offer.
"Promotion is what this town needs and I would implore everyone - the (Richmond Valley) council, the chamber of commerce, the tourist office - to work together to do this."
Casino's historic buildings
- Casino Court House, built in 1882.
- The Masonic Hall, built in 1892.
- Westpac Bank, established 1889, present bank erected 1905.
- Commercial Hotel, built 1869, improvements 1880.
- Commercial Bank (Northern Star House), establish 1869, rebuilt 1883.
- Tattersalls Hotel, built 1870.