Lifeline for a Great Barrier Reef
THE intensity origination of an underwater art museum off a seashore of Townsville is being hailed as a “game changer” for a region’s sea tourism industry.
Acclaimed ubiquitous artist Jason deCaires Taylor will revisit North Queensland from Jul 6-15 to range out a probability for a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Underwater Art Museum — including intertidal art installations for sites along The Strand and Magnetic Island and vital underwater art sites during Palm Island and a outdoor reefs off Townsville.
“If a scale of a investment is poignant adequate it has a intensity to emanate a internal sea tourism courtesy that we don’t now have that’ll ring both a humanities and a inland heritage,” SeaLink Travel Group informal ubiquitous manager Paul Victory said.
“It’ll support a stream dive operators we do have, by not perplexing to replicate what Cairns or a Whitsundays do though providing something positively unique, that will move hundreds of thousands of divers to a segment each year formed on a recognition of a artist’s existent sites.”
It would be a initial of a kind in a southern hemisphere, spearheaded by SeaLink Queensland, Reef Ecologic, Townsville City Council, Palm Island Shire Council, James Cook University and Townsville Enterprise.
The world’s initial underwater art museum, combined by deCaires Taylor off a seashore of Grenada in 2006, is now listed by National Geographic as one of a Top 25 Wonders of a World and The Museo Subacuático de Arte off a seashore of Cancun, Mexico, combined by Taylor in 2009, resulted in an boost of annual caller numbers of roughly 400,000.
“In 2016 his works achieved a tellurian press strech of 700 million viewers — this is a vital event for Townsville to follow in these footsteps and rise an internationally recognized knowledge on a Great Barrier Reef,” Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill pronounced a offer represented a event to emanate an interactive knowledge that’s singular as it will “change and develop over a years” and Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey pronounced that a plan would yield “a singular event to serve a initial people stories and also yield a most indispensable mercantile growth opportunity”.
But tourism advantages isn’t only what a plan is chasing, Reef Ecologic executive Dr Paul Marshall pronounced it would yield a “new era of preparation and rendezvous opportunities” to move courtesy and support efforts to strengthen a inhabitant treasure.
“The predestine of coral reefs is front and centre both nationally and internationally — an underwater art museum opens adult a whole new apartment of options for locals and tourists to bond with a reef,” he said.
The plan group are now financing a scoping and feasibility stage, though will find a public-private partnership indication to account a finish plan if they give it a immature light following deCaires Taylor’s visit.
Originally published as Lifeline for a Great Barrier Reef
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