Posted by: Colin Battersby | September 16, 2010

Bonner joins Straddie tourism campaign

TONY Bonner is no stranger to iconic Australian culture.

After playing Jerry King, the helicopter ranger in Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, the actor will be the face of a new tourism campaign for North Stradbroke Island, aimed at improving awareness of the island’s Indigenous culture.

The project has been organised by Straddie Online, Aboriginal art collective the Salt Water Murris and other Straddie community groups.

From boomerang painting and throwing workshops to a special women’s business tour with rituals and basket weaving, a range of opportunities will be included in the promotion.

The array of activities varies from one hour classes to six hour tours and all are run by local Aboriginal guides with specialised local knowledge.

Tony said the project showed Straddie to provide “a wonderful opportunity for people to visit a historically beautiful and culturally significant island right on Brisbane’s doorstep”.

Tony is currently splitting his time between filming several new projects, including voicing a character in the new Australian film Trouble Down Under, to be released next year.

The 1960s and 70s kids television show Skippy became an icon for Australian culture.

Project manager Brenda Papworth, of Straddie Online, said there was more to the island than its natural wonders.

“We want to let people know that there is a very active creative and cultural community offering a variety of enriching experiences right in Brisbane’s backyard,” she said.

“The majority of people do not know that Straddie has a lot more to offer than its exquisite beaches, and we are setting about changing that view by bringing the cultural and creative experiences into the spotlight for the international and domestic market.”

For more, go to http://www.stradbrokeisl and

via Bonner joins Straddie tourism campaign – Local News – News – General – Bayside Bulletin / The Redland Times.


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