The Twin Towns of Seventeen Seventy and AGNES Water were this week chosen as the most recent addition Tourism Queensland's Sustainable Regions Program.
Inclusion in the program is a boost for this already booming Discovery Coast community as it now joins five other regions that boast pristine environments around the Sunshine State in order to promote environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly tourism.
The other five regions included in the pilot program include: Airlie Beach, North Stradbroke Island, Winton, Pioneer Valley and Magnetic Island.
Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce Inc (DCTC) secretary Georgia Hughes said it was a coup for the region to be included in the program. Ms Hughes also manages The 1770 Reef House at Seventeen Seventy which is an environmentally-friendly accommodation provider.
Ms Hughes said, “It was an amazing coincidence that we (the DCTC) had been making inquiries about the program and speaking to people from the other regions already in it, when Tourism Queensland contacted us to say we were to be the sixth region invited to join.”
“We really want to make this known as an environmentally aware region. Not to just promote it (the region), but also to give people strategies to help preserve what is really one of the most beautiful regions in Queensland.”
Tourism Queensland officials will meet with tourism operators in Agnes Water/Seventeen Seventy this week to discuss the project.
A Tourism Queensland spokesperson said “Twenty to 25 tourism operators will assess their current commitment to sustainability and environmental practices and identify and implement initiatives that will help to reduce their environmental footprint,”
A regional action plan will be developed for implementation by local government and other agencies.
Lt James Cook was the first recorded European to visit Australia when he anchored in Bustard Bay on the 23rd of May in the year 1770 and landed at what is now the Town of 1770 on the 24th May, the Town was named in honour of the occasion.
The twin towns of 1770 and Agnes Water are located on the central Queensland coast and are part of the Discovery Coast. These towns boast beautiful scenery, spectacular diving and a relaxed peaceful way of life.