Follow Quentin's tale

Former Miss Australia Kimberley Busteed, with VIC volunteers John Nohlmans and Jenny Loy, say good-bye to Quentin the quoll.
Former Miss Australia Kimberley Busteed, with VIC volunteers John Nohlmans and Jenny Loy, say good-bye to Quentin the quoll. Emma Channon

A SMALL, toy quoll by the name of Quentin was given a glamorous farewell yesterday, when he departed the Rose City on a trip of a lifetime.

Former Miss Australia Kimberley Busteed gave the fluffy animal a kiss good-bye as he left the Warwick Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on a trip north, to meet his girlfriend Queenie in Kurunda, in north Queensland.

The Quentin initiative was a brain-child of the staff at the Warwick VIC, and its purpose is to promote the friendly customer service at all VICs in Queensland, as well as give tourism in the state a nudge.

It is hoped Quentin will make his way north inside the caravans and cars of various visitors who stop at VICs in their travels.

Quentin will carry the Tourism Pledge in a bottle, and each VIC will be asked to sign the pledge before it is delivered to the next destination.

It is expected Quentin will reach Kurunda by May 2012.

Miss Busteed, who was in the region filming the Queensland Weekender, was excited to be the first quoll handler.

"I've been given a very important job as Quentin's minder and the role he has to promote the Tourism Pledge throughout Queensland Information Centres, while novel, is extremely important," she said.

Warwick VIC supervisor Charee Aspinall said Quentin had already had a busy time in the Southern Downs.

"He's been the perfect visitor, travelling to historic Glengallan Homestead and Warwick's Pringle Cottage to take in the heritage of this part of Queensland," she said.

"He also caught up with a few friends at the Darling Downs Zoo, scaled great heights at Queen Mary Falls and did a bit of four-wheel at Yangan."

Quentin has a Facebook page for people to keep abreast of his journey.

Topics:  animal quoll tourism wildlife

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