The Wangetti Trail will deliver an iconic international ecotourism experience with direct economic benefits to regional Queensland and local Traditional Owners, potentially attracting up to 28,000 local and international visitors annually.
It is estimated that up to 9,000 walkers and 19,000 bikers will visit the Wangetti Trail and offer thousands of new overnight stays every year.
The Wangetti Trail will enhance conservation and protection of a cherished part of Tropical North Queensland and deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to local communities and to Queensland, including:
- New funding sources to protect, present and maintain national parks and their cultural heritage
- Better controls to limit damaging and uncontrolled activities within parks including feral animal management
- Long term job and business opportunities for Traditional Owners and their future generations
- Enhanced connection to country whilst ensuring the protection and preservation of Land and Country
- Stronger appreciation and understanding of Indigenous culture
- Underpinning long-term growth and liveability in the Tropical North and builds community resilience for their respective regional communities
- Supporting Traditional Owner and existing local businesses and new business opportunities
- 150 new local jobs created including opportunities to develop local skills and increase diversity of regional jobs
- Potential to host domestic and international competitive sporting events, such as mountain-biking competitions.