IDEA OF AUSSIE BEACH MINISTRY GAINS TRACTION
Friday, 14 December 2012

Gold Coast author says the Federal Government should create a beach ministry. Brad Farmer raised the idea with Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson. Mr Farmer says the coast contributes enough to deserve a dedicated minister.

'You've just got to do the sums,' he said. 'If the mining industry goes belly up or fishing or forestry, one of the greatest generators of income in this country and pleasure is in fact our fantastic coastline, which ... [is] the greatest in the world.'

He says Australians are not making the most of the country's beaches. Mr Farmer says visitors should venture off the beaten track. "Many Australians are happy to stay right on the Gold Coast but there is so much more to explore around Australia," he said.

"Twelve-thousand beaches and only 16 per cent are accessible by bitumen - extraordinary - and most of them are remote and untouched, so there's a lot of product, a lot of destinations that Australians are yet to experience."



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