New conference centre for the Whitsundays

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox cut the ribbon at the new venue.

The Whitsundays has welcomed a new event space with the opening of the Flagstaff Hill Cultural and Conference Centre in Bowen.

The $4 million development replaced the old complex which was damaged by Cyclone Debbie four years ago.

“With views, the new complex maximises the site’s enormous potential,” Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.

“The Flagstaff Hill Cultural and Conference Centre is a good example of what can be achieved when all three levels of Government work together in partnership for the benefit of the community.”

Mayor Andrew Willcox said the rebuild would deliver a significant boost to the existing visitor offerings in Bowen.

“Flagstaff Hill provides 360-degree views of the Whitsunday Islands, Coral Sea and Bowen hinterland,” he said.

“The centre can cater for up to 200 patrons and is located next to a walking trail and lookout which informs visitors about the impact and legacy of our Indigenous community.

“The new Flagstaff Hill Cultural and Conference Centre will be a destination in its own right and showcase the best of our beautiful town.”