Plainland visitor information centre closes down
EASTBOUND travellers on Warrego Highway will no longer be able to use the Plainland Visitor Information Centre when it shuts down at the end of October after five years.
Last Wednesday's council meeting confirmed the lease was up at the Centre, which is part of the Plainland Caltex Travel Centre, at the end of the month and would not be renewed.
The closure means the Lockyer Valley will have no tourism office on the Highway, at least for now.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the site was always supposed to be only a temporary measure.
"If you are travelling eastbound, you are almost out of the Lockyer Valley by the time you get to the Centre so from a visitor's perspective, it would make much more sense to have it situated on the other side of the highway," Cr Jones said.
The Mayor said they were searching for an alternative location on the southern side of the highway and in the meantime visitors would be directed to Das Neumann Haus in Laidley and the Visitor Information Centre at the Cultural Centre in Gatton.
The Plainland Visitor Information Centre was opened in 2009 under a three year lease from LJ Hooker Toowoomba.
The lease was extended another two years in 2012.
Council documents say the Centre has received 60,000 enquiries in its five years of existence, opening 362 days a year, run by council staff and volunteers
LVRC expects to save $40,000 this financial year "due to the non-requirement of a nine month lease and reallocation of resources."
Mayor Jones said they were are not taking the facility away.
"We are simply making a business decision to close a facility which costs us a lot of money to maintain and one that is not located in the best location for its purpose," he said.