Cosmos Centre nominated for awards
THE Cosmos Centre is up for three categories of business awards at this year's Queensland Tourism Awards.
The centre is in the running for the Tourist Attractions category, visitor information and cultural tourism categories.
Charleville Cosmos Centre and observatory manager Jane Morgan said she hoped entering the QTIC Queensland Tourism Awards would provide further exposure for Charleville's booming centre.
"The fantastically dark night skies of outback Queensland makes Charleville the perfect destination to use a telescope. Without the forethought and investment by the Murweh Shire Council, Charleville's most visited tourism product would never have become a reality," Ms Morgan said.
"From one man, one red dirt paddock and one telescope, the night sky viewing has grown over the years.
"We now offer six programmes. The general Observatory where four telescopes are used to view the night sky, an up close and personal presentation for those who want more star gazing, Sun Viewing during the day through an especially designed telescope, Aboriginal Night Sky Stories and during the day the opportunity to hold a shooting star in your hand."
Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from the 30 award categories will be announced on Friday, November 13 in Brisbane in front of an expected 900 guests at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Queensland's Gold Award winners will gain automatic entry into the Australian Tourism Awards.