Highlands not in Will's itinerary

THERE will be no good Will hunting for Central Highlanders with news Prince William hasn’t included Emerald on his itinerary.

The flood-hit regions of Theodore and Rockhampton won’t be graced by royalty either.

But the prince, only weeks away from his wedding to Kate Middleton, will visit some of Australia’s worst-hit areas of flooding and Cyclone Yasi during a three-day visit beginning later this week.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office released details of the prince’s visit to Queensland and Victoria.

“We would have loved to host the prince in our beautiful Capricorn region… and Emerald and Theodore were the worst hit, so it wasn’t from want of trying,” said Mary Carroll, Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development’s chief executive officer.

“The fact he is coming to Australia, coming to Queensland, is an international coup, and having the spotlight on Queensland will have a flow-on effect to our region.”

Prince William will meet community members and volunteers at Cardwell in Queensland before travelling to Tully to meet with Cassowary Coast community members and volunteers.

In Cairns, he will meet a group of community members and people involved in the recovery effort.

Prince William will then travel to South-East Queensland to meet community members and volunteers in Ipswich and Grantham.

He will then attend the Spirit of Country concert in Toowoomba to help lift the spirits of flood-affected communities and thank SES and emergency crew workers.

“I think the expectations were he would go to the communities most impacted by flooding and the cyclone, and I think his itinerary is wonderful for Queensland and for those communities,” said Central Highlands’ Mayor Peter Maguire.

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