Full steam ahead for rail campaign
IT'S full steam ahead for the city's tourism industry.
Tourism Minister Jan Jarratt visited Ipswich and Rosewood yesterday to help launch a new rail heritage campaign.
Ms Jarratt unveiled The Amazing Time Machines brochure at The Workshops Rail Museum.
The brochure is the result of collaboration between council and four local rail attractions - the Workshops museum, Grandchester Model Steam Railway, Rosewood Rail Museum, and the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway.
Tourism Committee chairman David Pahlke said the brochure would encourage more visitors to the Ipswich region through promotion and special offers.
Ms Jarratt praised the city's tourist attractions, even comparing Ipswich to her Whitsundays hometown.
"The Whitsundays is a popular tourist destination, but there're some equally remarkable places here," Ms Jarratt said.
"You can go to theme parks like Disneyland or Dreamworld but you can't really see who the people are and what the town is about, whereas here you can see that Ipswich has a very special place in Queensland's history.
"Ipswich is the heart and soul of the rail industry."
Mayor Paul Pisasale said tourism played a vital role in Ipswich's economy, and said the brochure would help boost the industry.
"There's Dreamworld and Sea World, well, now we have Steam World," Cr Pisasale quipped.
Cr Pahlke said Ipswich was the birthplace of rail in Queensland, with the first train in the state travelling between Ipswich and Grandchester in 1861.
Present a valid ticket (less than six months old) from one of the four heritage rail locations at additional locations and receive a 10% discount off entrance price, except at Grandchester, where a free model steam ride will be offered.