Local legend Jane Morgan made us proud when she was made a lifetime member for the Outback Queensland Tourism Association for her service to the region’s vibrant tourism industry through the Cosmos Centre.
“I got the shock of my life, when I was made a life member, I looked around the room and I thought there’s all these people that are doing these amazing things,” she said upon receiving the award.
The award was a timely recognition for Jane, who goes out with a “big bang” as she wraps up her final month at the Cosmos Centre.
Other proud winners were:
Visitor Information & Services: At the Creek, Julia Creek VIC
Tour and/or Transport Operators: Adels Grove
Destination Marketing: Longreach Regional Council
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services: McGinness’ Restaurant, Qantas Founders Outback Museum
Caravan and Holiday Parks: Lakeview Caravan Park, Richmond
Standard Accommodation: Barcaldine Country Motor Inn
Hosted Accommodation: Adels Grove
Best Outback Queensland Pub: Western Star Hotel, Windorah
Local Government Award for Tourism: McKinlay Shire Council
Young Achiever Award: Georgia Fleming, McKinlay shire
Tourist Attraction: Cobbold Gorge
Festivals and Events: Birdsville Races
Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Group: Allan Regeling (Mount Isa Entertainment and Tourism Venues)
Major Tourist Attraction: Qantas Founders Museum
Cultural Tourism: McKinlay Shire Council
Vince Evert Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual: Charlie Phillott
Lifetime membership recipients: Robyn Stephens, Lance Smith, Jane Morgan, Peter Evert
Hall of Fame inductees: Outback Aussie Tours, Overlander’s Way