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Author: Davidfom   July 4, 2020 at 05:14:37  from   in reply to: unnebulous foxiest posted by zpolet417 on August 26, 2016 at 03:25:42

Albury ratepayers fight to keep night bus service free to tackle homelessness


Mackay celebrates domestic tourism spike


Queensland has experienced a dramatic surge in visitor numbers since the state's Labor government took office in 2007.

Key points: Mackay home has been flooded by more than 100,000 visitors in one year


Adelaide has seen a 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers over the past five years

Queensland Tourism Minister Terry Newman says Mackay is currently the most visited town in the world.

"It's the most visited town, in terms of dollars and dollars a year, in the whole of Australia," he said.

He also called Mackay "an exciting destination".

"One of the things we're looking forward to this year is to expand our tourist opportunities... and that's why we're putting extra funding into Mackay tourism."

Adelaide has seen an eight per cent increase in visitor numbers over the past five years as visitors from New South Wales and Victoria are hitting the capital on their way home, Mr Newman said.

But Mackay remains the worst visited town in the State.

Visitor numbers from Victoria have also spiked and the peak is only about 10,000 at the moment, he said.

Mackay has a population of 3,600 people and Mr Newman said residents were concerned about a number of issues related to water pollution, such as sewer problems and overcrowding.

He said $60 million in capital investment would be needed and there could be a one-off impact on tourism and the economy.

'Water quality is seriously poor'

Bureau of Meteorology deputy chief executive Ian Houghton said a lot of attention had been paid to water quality, particularly in Mackay.

"The fact that we have the highest levels of particulate matter in the state compared to the rest of Australia, the fact that the city has the highest concentration of water that's been leached from any particular site, the levels are incredibly high," he said.

"And at this point in time, we do have a very low number of days that we have seen some type of sewage flowing into our lake, and that's something that's very, very significant."

Topics: urban-development-and-planning, environmental-impact, disasters-and-accidents, disasters-and-accidents, water-pollution, local-government, mackay-4740, sa

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