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Bundaberg tourism says the reopening of Bundaberg Belle ferry service will boost the sector

By Frances Adcock, Friday September 20, 2013 - 11:01 EST
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The Bundaberg Belle ferry had been operating daily tours for the last 10 years. - ABC

Authorities hope the reopening of a well-known Bundaberg ferry service, forced to close after the floods, will stimulate the tourism sector.

The Bundaberg Belle ferry had been operating daily tours for the last 10 years.

However, the pontoon on the Burnett River washed away in January's floods, forcing it to close.

This weekend the service will re-open, operating from a new-purpose-built facility near the CBD, north of its former location.

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism chairman Rick Matkowski says the ferry is a Bundaberg icon.

"The Bundy Belle's been our bread and butter on the river because they are the only operators that have been able to take people up and down the river," he said.

"It's a real positive step for us to have an experience like the Bundaberg Belle back in operation - it's really heartening."

He expects the ferry to bring customers back to nearby businesses still struggling after the floods.


© ABC 2013

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