Pip Close will develop a strategic plan for Gympie’s new tourism branch – Destination Gympie Region.
Pip Close will develop a strategic plan for Gympie’s new tourism branch – Destination Gympie Region. Alistair Brightman

Former Tourism Fraser Coast chief finds job in Gympie

GYMPIE Regional Council has employed former Tourism Fraser Coast chief Pip Close following her March 1 departure from the region.

Ms Close will develop a strategic plan for Gympie's new tourism branch - Destination Gympie Region.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said he was pleased to welcome Ms Close.

"Our vision is to promote the region better and more broadly as the ideal place to visit, enjoy, live and invest, and it's great to have someone of Pip's experience helping to map out our plans," he said.

Ms Close announced her resignation from Tourism Fraser Coast in February after less than a year in the top role.

At the time of her June 25 arrival she had said she wanted to make sure the region remained the whale watching capital of Queensland.

Her resignation came at a time of instability for the tourism body, which was being replaced with a new council entity, responsible for looking after the combined interests of economic development, marketing and tourism.

An interim board is setting up the new entity with expectations it will be fully operation by July 1.

Robbie Cornelius is Tourism Fraser Coast acting general manager.



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