Cr. Ann Bunnell & Greg Bruce, Townsville City Council
Townsville and surrounding regions offer a distinctive experience along the Queensland Coast. Townsville is where the tropical savannas meet the coast, and is both the southern gateway to the Wet Tropics (Cromarty, Mt Elliot and Paluma) and at the City's Strand foreshore abuts the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. In response to this Townsville City Council has been progressively implementing a community based "Townsville Ecotourism Strategy - 2000". This strategy supports developing ecotourism opportunities for business; fostering regional cooperation and partnership; and has included development of the Council's innovative, dynamic web based Townsville Regional Natural Assets Database and State of Environment Report 2003 (www.soe-townsville.org/ecotourism/).
Tourism Futures Conference 2005 - paper references: