Tourism continues to play an important role in the future economy of this region and with this in mind the Outback Queensland Tourism Authority (OQTA) and the Barcaldine Regional Council have combined resources to establish the 'Outback Mates' Program.
Covering the Barcaldine Regional Towns of Alpha, Aramac, Barcaldine, Jericho and Muttaburra this new initiative embraces the essence of why travellers love Outback Queensland. Apart from the natural beauty, it is the friendly and sincere nature of the locals which keep them coming back.
'Outback Mates' is a local ambassador program aimed at helping and greeting visitors to the regional as part of their daily job or activities. Those appointed as 'Outback Mates' may be council workers, business people or retired 'townies'.
They will be identified by an 'Outback Mates' uniform and will assist visitors with general information, local insights and probably a few tall stories. This is a voluntary position sanctioned by the employer and will work closely with the Visitor Information Centre to greatly enhance the visitors experience to the region.
This unique program will put visitors in touch with local identities and connect them to the region in a way not previously available and is another reason why Outback Queensland is known as tourist friendly.
Through promotion of the program and travellers word of mouth it is expected these 'Outback Mates' will become known by visitors as a friendly source of information, local knowledge and general advice.
They can be contacted through the local Visitor information Centres in each of the towns.
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