Injune's Puddy Chandler honoured for 10 years in tourism

Puddy Chandler (centre) gets her gift for 10 years service as president with Maranoa Council CEO Julie Reitano and Vikki Hartley (inaugural secretary) at recent AGM of Injune District Tourism Assoc. Photo Contributed
Puddy Chandler (centre) gets her gift for 10 years service as president with Maranoa Council CEO Julie Reitano and Vikki Hartley (inaugural secretary) at recent AGM of Injune District Tourism Assoc. Photo Contributed Contributed

PUDDY Chandler has long been known as a feisty and fearless advocate for all things related to Injune and district.

Earlier this month Puddy celebrated a special anniversary of ten years in the role of president of the Injune and District Tourism Association (IDTA)

At the IDTA's Annual General Meeting, Puddy received a gift of a Dreampot (like a camp oven for cooking without power) as a token of 10 years of continual presidency of the IDTA.

This gift was presented by Vikki Hartley who was one of the instigators of the original Injune District Tourism Association when formed in 1997.

Puddy's remarkable tenure is only eclipsed by her time as head of the local progress association Advance Injune.

Puddy said she started there when it was formed in 2000.

"It was born out of the revitalisation strategy of the old Bungil Shire," Puddy said.

"In 1999 there was a needs analysis about what the whole community needed.

"Advance Injune was born out of that need to move the strategy along."

Puddy said AI and its subgroups achieved a lot over the years including the building of the new Visitor Information Centre.

"There was a lot of resistance to it at first but it created a hub," she said.


Puddy said the revitalisation strategy was a good one but matters changed in 2008.

"Along came council amalgamation and the whole thing got thrown away," she said.

"In tourism we were reinventing the wheel paying squillions to do a placemaking plan."

Puddy said the biggest priority of the tourism group now was where to house tourists in the peak season.

"The pressure is off at the moment but we don't have a proper caravan park," she said.

The caravan park lease was taken over by FKG which uses the park to house its workers.

"There are eight powered sites there for but it is not enough for demand and it doesn't feel like a traditional camp site," she said.

"Otherwise they have to stay at Possum Park or the rodeo grounds where they can get basic water and power but we cannot charge them."

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