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Cassowary Coast launches self guided walk App

Cassowary Coast launches self-guided walk AppVisitors and residents of the Cassowary Coast will be able to take a free, self-guided walking tour showcasing the region’s significant art deco buildings after the Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) officially launched the App today. 

The Tropical Art Deco App gives users full access to art deco sites and places of interest on the Cassowary Coast providing directions, distance, photos and information about these historic buildings and places. 

Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos said beneath the region’s buildings live powerful stories of the past and how the Cassowary Coast thrived in the art deco era.  

“It was in 1918 after a devastating cyclone hit the region that almost all buildings in the district were destroyed, leaving only the buildings constructed of reinforced concrete,” said Mayor Kremastos.

“This tragedy led to the rebuilding of the region, and the beginning of art deco in the Cassowary Coast which is famous for having one of the largest concentrations of art deco buildings in Australia.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said highlighting the strong art deco heritage in Far North Queensland is a fantastic way to boost tourism in the region. 

“This iOS and Android-friendly app is designed to take locals and visitors on a self-guided walking tour of the region, allowing them to take a step back in time and discover the fascinating history of the beautiful Cassowary Coast,” Mr McCormack said. 

Mayor Kremastos said the best part about this App is that the service has been made available for free.

“We haven’t reinvented the wheel here, we’ve got some magnificent buildings with great history and stories behind them, so to showcase this as a tourist attraction free of charge is a great asset to our region,” said Cr Kremastos.  

“This is what economic activation is all about in that the self-guided tour will take them on a journey throughout our region and give them the opportunity to stop in at shops and cafes along the way where they will spend money.”

Senator for Queensland James McGrath, who attended the launch of the Tropical Art Deco Mobile App today, said the streets of Innisfail and Tully came to life earlier this month for the Tropical Art Deco weekend, with the town bursting with 1920s glitz and glamour. 

“Now an annual event, the weekend is about showcasing the town’s rich history, complete with vintage cars, vintage fashion and tours of the region’s art deco buildings – rebuilt after the cyclones in 2006 and 2011,” Senator McGrath said. 

This project was funded through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.  

For those who do not have a smart phone, a brochure is available which can be picked up at any of the Cassowary Coast’s Visitor Information Centres. 

This App was developed in collaboration with the Tully Chamber of Commerce and the Innisfail & District Historical Society which began in 1984 to help protect, promote and preserve the rich history of the region. 

The App is now available to the public on smartphones (iOS, Android). Visit your app store and search Tropical Art Deco to download. 

For more information on the App, go to the Council website