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Annastacia Palaszczuk left red-faced after sharing Gold Coast tourism ad mistakenly featuring NSW beach

James Harrison

In a recent error from her social media team, the Queensland Premier has posted a Gold Coast tourism ad featuring a beach in New South Wales.

The photography faux pas was quickly deleted from Annastacia Palaszczuk’s social media accounts but, unfortunately, it was too late.

Queensland’s Opposition already saw the mistaken use of a photo of Duranbah Beach in NSW to represent the Gold Coast and was having a field day with it.

Liberal-National MP Jarrod Bleijie told the Courier Mail last week Palaszczuk deleted the post out of “sheer embarrassment”.

“Labor’s had a shocking week on the tweets,” he said.

“The Premier’s 30 media spin doctors can’t even find a picture of a Gold Coast beach for a Gold Coast incentive, and then out of sheer embarrassment, they delete it.”

Premier Palaszczuk’s now-deleted post of the Gold Coast tourism ad

Fellow Liberal-National MP Laura Gerber also criticised Palaszczuk’s blunder, saying that locals know the beach as Duranbah or D-Bar.

“If the premier actually bothered to engage with border communities, she’d realise this is a New South Wales beach.”

The post was promoting the new Play Money Reward campaign, which hands out vouchers to encourage local tourism, with $1 million in vouchers will be given to Gold Coast residents.

Shoppers can get back $50 when they spend $100 with a participating business or $100 back when they spend $200 or more on accommodation.


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