MP urges couples to consider wedding at parliament
INSTEAD of going to the chapel to get married as the famous song from the 1960s suggests, why not consider Queensland Parliament?
During parliament's estimates' hearings on Tuesday, Speaker Peter Wellington encouraged would-be brides and grooms to hold their nuptials at the grand old building.
The Nicklin MP enthusiastically advertised the venue to people watching the hearings online, adding "a few" weddings had already been held there.
During the budget discussions, Mr Wellington mentioned it as one of parliament's revenue streams.
He told his fellow MPs many of them might not be aware parliament could host weddings.
"After all, we are in the business of generating income just like other private wedding reception venues," Mr Wellington said.
Each year parliament receives income through a variety of activities, mainly catering, to reduce the funding required from the government.
But Mr Wellington said over the past five years the annual catering revenue had dropped by about $300,000.
Estimates hearings will finish at the end of next week. - APN NEWSDESK