Focus On... Tourism and Economic Development

  • Nursery protects biodiversity
    The City of Burnside’s biodiversity nursery is working hard to preserve biodiversity in the South Australian municipality and often trades plants with other councils.
  • Gemfields trail bolsters local tourism
    Sparkling sapphires, curious characters and extraordinary escapades are all waiting to be discovered along the new Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail, which was officially opened in August in the Central Highlands region in Queensland.
  • Future directions - From Mount Barker District Council, South Australia
  • Big weekend brings in big bucks
    Over one weekend in Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, there was an estimated $5 million boost to the local economy as 30,000 people lined the foreshore for a very special event.
  • Helping sports club secure funding
    In June, Wattle Range Council in South Australia hosted a well-attended sporting and recreation forum to encourage local clubs to pursue funding for infrastructure projects.
  • Nature reserve a gem
    Wandoo Heights, a natural bushland conservation reserve, located in the City of Swan in Western Australia, is not only a unique bushwalking spot for visitors and tourists, but it’s also an environmentally significant conservation site with an interesting history.
  • A business you can trust*
    Some businesses are built on trust.
  • Community pitches in for makeover
    Wollongong City Council recently teamed up with the community and professional place-maker David Engwicht from Creative Communities to revitalise an underused and out-dated public space in Port Kembla.
  • Visitor economy in your own backyard
    City of Boroondara in southeast Melbourne is looking to facilitate business development and growth and ramp up the visitor economy in the area.
  • Regional collaboration on tourism
    Port Pirie Regional Council is leading collaboration between neighbouring South Australian councils to create a regional tourism and events strategy.
  • Rodeo success in remote town
    A school holiday workshop run by Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Youth Reconnect team introduced local youth to cattle handling and rodeo.
  • Iconic market going strong
    A popular market in the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne has been operating for nearly 50 years and remains a popular tourism drawcard.
  • Marketing hits the road
    The District Council of Cleve in South Australia has utilised a simple but effective marketing strategy to get the name of the region out on the road.
  • New accommodation to boost tourism
    Lockyer Valley Regional Council in Queensland is committed to creating economic development opportunities and is boosting accommodation options in the area.
  • Parks and Leisure awards
  • New trail an economic and social boost
    City of Canada Bay and City of Parramatta are partnering to build a picturesque, nine-kilometre walking and cycling trail that will link Rhodes, Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Spotlight on landcare
    A recent opening day at a flora and fauna sanctuary in the Shire of Kojonup in Western Australia was a great success.
  • Revving up the economy
    A classic car race in the Shire of Irwin in Western Australia is injecting thousands into the local economy.
  • Knowledge-intensive economic development*
    Economic development is more than ever before reliant on the growth and success of knowledge-intensive jobs and industries.
  • Exploring Queensland’s Sandstone Wonders just got easier
    Banana Shire Council in central Queensland has been building its tourism profile in recent years and just announced new accommodation to further boost visitor opportunities.
  • CCTV wins national award
    Aurukun Shire Council in Queensland has received a national award for excellence for it closed-circuit television (CCTV) security system, which is successfully reducing anti-social behaviour in the community.
  • Supporting tourism operators
    The Coorong District Council will support tourism operators across the Coorong region to raise the bar ahead of a mass influx of visitors when The Bend Motorsport Park opens.
  • Council takes on regional marketing
    Southern Downs Regional Council in Queensland is returning the responsibility of marketing and promotion of tourism back to Council to support local businesses on the ground.
  • Open swim showcases shire
    Lake Leschenaultia in the Shire of Mundaring is gearing up to welcome the wider Western Australian swimming community.
  • Top tourism town awarded
    The City of Mandurah in Western Australia has taken out top honours in this year’s GWN7 Top Tourism Town Awards, announced in September.
  • Whole-of-council approach to economic development
    By Professor Lee Pugalis, University of Technology Sydney
  • Community engagement crosses cultures
    The multicultural Shire of Katanning in Western Australia has creatively engaged its residents.
  • Smart bins think outside the cube
    The City of Adelaide has installed three solar-powered smart bins, which use sensor technology to automatically compact waste.
  • Bunjil Place gets the leading edge*
    The City of Casey in Melbourne’s outer southeast celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art entertainment and civic centre in late-October.
  • Local traders get the nod*
    Local economic development gets a boost with 400 per cent growth in Local Supplier Marketplace and BuyRegional launch.
  • Sportsfield usage audits*
    The usage capacity of a sportsfield is defined as the amount of use that a playing surface can sustain before it deteriorates to a point where short term recovery is not achievable.