Corey Goldie, pictured here with Matthew Langford, has finished up his term as manager of the Yallakool and Boondooma Dams.
Corey Goldie, pictured here with Matthew Langford, has finished up his term as manager of the Yallakool and Boondooma Dams. Bass Australia Nation

Tourism advocates announce it's time to move on

AFTER five years managing the Boondooma and Yallakool recreation areas Corey Goldie and Niki Buchett are packing up and moving home.

Mr Goldie said he was starting to feel homesick after a recent trip to native Victoria.

"I went down there for a fishing competition about a month and a half ago and I re-fell in love with where I grew up,” he said.

The couple will spend the next four weeks saying their goodbyes before departing on May 25.

The pair have been strong advocates for tourism in the South Burnett however there are tough times ahead for our two dams.

"We've looked at the long range forecast and there's not much rain coming, it's going to be a bit of a struggle for the region,” Mr Goldie said.

"As a business it's really hard when you're praying for rain because if you don't get rain you don't get customers.

"That's going to be a nightmare for the South Burnett Regional Council to keep water in these dams.”

While Mr Goldie said the change would be nice, he said leaving would not be easy.

"We've really enjoyed our time here. We realise that the timing suited us and it seems to have suited the council as well,” he said.

Once the pair move on the council will look to appoint a short term manager to run Yallakool and keep the current staffing arrangements at Boondooma.

There's no word on when or if the council will tender a lease on the two facilities as it wants to develop a master plan before committing to another long-term contract.

If a new lease holder moves in Mr Goldie said they would have to work hard for their money.

"They'll have to be prepared for a really enjoyable job, but with the amount of hours you put in, don't be expecting an hourly rate,” he said.

Mr Goldie said the role gave him an opportunity to promote South Burnett tourism.

"I've done several trips to Sydney and Melboure to promote the South Burnett, I travelled all over Queensland to promote the South Burnett,” he said.