Focus On... Tourism and economic development

  • Visitor Guide broadens horizons
    Planning is now underway for the 2019/20 Carnarvon Gorge, Sapphire Gemfields and Queensland Central Highlands Visitor Guide and Touring Map.
  • Town Beach project underway
    Town Beach, Shire of Broom, Western Australia, is a significant location for locals and visitors, with an important role in recreation, culture and heritage.
  • Future directions - By David Power, Coordinator Economic Development, City of Port Phillip
  • Bike path for the littlies
    Shoalhaven City Council, New South Wales, has opened a new Learn to Ride bike path for Parramatta Park, East Nowra.
  • Designed to lower cost of living
    Rural City of Wangaratta is one of eight regional councils to prepare a research paper on environmentally sustainable design for residential subdivisions in regional Victoria.
  • New roof and floor for Gawler sports
    Town of Gawler has been granted $120,000 from the South Australian Government’s Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program as a contribution towards the replacement of the Gawler Sport and Community Centre Stadium roof.
  • Town centre renewal
    Western Australia is a state renowned for remote holiday destinations, but Bremer Bay, Sire of Jerramungup, somehow stayed out of the limelight until recently.
  • Active Launceston
    City of Launceston, Tasmania, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Active Launceston and reflecting on the agility required to maintain funding for 10 years.
  • Cluster fencing adds value
    A third round of funding has been announced for exclusion fencing clusters across the Goondiwindi region as part of the Queensland Government’s Feral Pest Initiative, aiming to reduce the impacts of pest animals and weeds.
  • Along the road to Gundagai
    Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, New South Wales, has breathed new life into the mainstreet of Gundagai with a transformational face lift.
  • Lithgow launches strategy for growth
    Lithgow City Council, New South Wales (NSW), has launched a four year Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) (2018-2022) which recognises the region’s historical links with coal mining while supporting a diverse range of new economic opportunities in the future.
  • BMX world cup hosts
    In a major sporting coup Bathurst, New South Wales and Shepparton, Victoria, have been selected to each host a round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in February 2020, the first time the event has been held in Australia.
  • Connecting the city and the sea
    Stage one of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation has begun.
  • Giving life back to the heart of town
    City of Onkaparinga, South Australia, has given a $3.2 million streetscape upgrade to the historic township of Aldinga in Adelaide’s south, creating a connected, beautiful and inviting place for people to gather.
  • Host City makes mark on international stage
    The City of Joondalup, Western Australia (WA), hosted more than 60 international delegates from China’s aged care industry for the inaugural Innovation: Solutions for an Ageing Population International Conference at Joondalup Resort.
  • Built on a solid foundation
    The Orange Women’s Shed has flourished into a strong network for women to learn skills and access support and grow confidence.
  • Let there be light
    Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, has announced a smart lighting and city network system to be delivered at The Mill, Moreton Bay.
  • West is best for tourism
    Four of Adelaide’s metropolitan councils are helping boost the local economy by working together to increase visitors to the city’s western region.
  • Broadwater shared pathway opens
    A small yet enthusiastic crowd was present last week to witness the ribbon cutting for the new Broadwater shared pathway by Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, and Richmond Valley Council Mayor, Robert Mustow.
  • Small businesses benefit
    The cities of Melville and Canning, Western Australia, collaborated last month to create the free series aimed directly at small businesses.
  • Quality turf the biologic way*
    For Parks and Gardens staff the emphasis has always been on turf quality - how to get a great looking turf whilst staying within water budgets and not over-using chemical fertilizers.
  • ‘There is fun to be done’
    When people think of Bayside, Victoria, the iconic Brighton bathing boxes immediately come to mind.
  • Major legacy project
    Rockhampton Regional Council completed several key projects this year but one that generated significant ‘buzz’ throughout the community, was the Kershaw Gardens redevelopment project.
  • Healthy and happy wellness challenge
    Blaney Shire Council, New South Wales (NSW), is making it easier for residents to enjoy a healthier lifestyle with improvements to walking trails and the installation of outdoor fitness equipment in time for the Blayney & Villages Healthy & Happy Wellness Challenge.
  • Regional tourism campaign
    The Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith, New South Wales (NSW) were showcased in a new cooperative tourism marketing campaign, developed by Destination NSW in partnership with the Regional Strategic Alliance.
  • Containing costs on new build
    Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, has adopted a well-established approach to the design and construction of the new Cultural and Civic Space to help cut the potential risk of escalation in costs or completion time.
  • Fire services hub
    Unique cooperation between Armidale Regional Council and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is helping entrench Armidale as a regional epicentre for rural fire protection services.
  • Successful retail strategies for mainstreets*
    Written by David West from 25 years of experience.
  • Museum refurbished for future generations
    Shire of Lake Grace, Western Australia, is hoping to put the tiny town of Varley, population 50, on the tourist and heritage map with a $20,000 grant from Building Better Regions Fund to renovate their museum.
  • Rebuilding a beach
    Mackay Regional Council, Queensland, has developed an action plan to restore one the worst hit areas in Cyclone Debbie to pre-cyclone condition.
  • Community Hub development
    Whitehorse City Council, Victoria, has announced the development of a new Community Hub on the former Nunawading Primary School site will start in coming weeks.
  • Tech hub joint venture
    A new defence, aerospace and technology hub has been hailed a sign of the great economic diversification to come on the march to smart city status.
  • Nostalgia entices return visits
    Mount Alexander Shire Council’s tourism and visitor services teams manage the Castlemaine, Maldon and Surrounds Facebook and Instagram pages to promote local events, attractions and highlights and to attract visitors to the region.
  • Strategy targets metro day-trippers
    Many Melbourne-based travellers think that a trip to Gippsland requires serious commitment before heading out.
  • Invitation to join the conversation
    Ku-ring-gai Council, New South Wales, is undertaking one of the largest urban renewal projects in its 100 year history and residents and business owners are being invited to give their view.
  • Most accessible community award

    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has received the Most Accessible Community in Western Australia (WA) Award – Regional Town/Shire Category by the Regional Capitals Alliance of WA.