Focus On... Tourism and economic development

  • Iconic trails draw mountain bikes
    West Coast Council, Tasmania, in partnership with Dirt Art Pty Ltd has created the West Coast Mountain Bike Trail Strategy (the Strategy), to take advantage of emerging mountain bike (MTB) opportunities for the State of Tasmania and the West Coast region in particular.
  • Activating Mosman after dark
    Mosman Council, New South Wales, has expanded its after-dark offerings during this year’s biennial Festival of Mosman celebrations to further enhance the Sydney suburb’s nightlife.
  • A boost to the creative sector and the economy
    On a visit to the City of Busselton, Western Australia, Federal Member for Forrest, Hon. Nola Marino MP, announced funding for a new performing arts and convention centre to be built in the Busselton Cultural Precinct.
  • Burra Skate Park becomes a regional play space
    Regional Council of Goyder, South Australia, received $232,500 from the State Government to complete the Burra Skate Park making the local community’s vision for a safe and inclusive play space for children and young people a reality.
  • Mural adds colour to CBD
    A colourful new addition to the street art scene in City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, has been created in the Little Ryrie Street car park.
  • Attracting visitors to support drought affected economies
    Many of Victoria’s East Gippsland communities are in drought and many other traditional tourism areas are impacted due to their traditional visitor base being in drought, with less discretionary money for holidaying.
  • Collaboration grows tourism and events
    The new Central Highlands Tourism and Events Strategy 2020- 2023 and the Central Highlands Mining Trail will be launched at the Tourism and Events Forum presented by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC), Queensland, in Emerald, on 27 November.
  • Innovative solutions from concept to completion*
    Norris Bank Reserve in City of Whittlesea, Victoria, is one of the major open space reserves in an established area of the municipality.
  • Food Trail is an ongoing success
    Since its inception in 2010 the Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail has gone from strength to strength.
  • Businesses support community events
    Shire of Mundaring, Western Australia, is calling on local businesses to support local families to support them this summer.
  • Carbon Revolving Reserve wins national climate award
    Blue Mountains City Council, New South Wales, has won the national Cities Power Partnership’s Project Financing Innovation Award for it’s Carbon Revolving Reserve project.
  • Proactive risk management*
    “Risk Management – the act of identifying possible risks, calculating how likely they are to happen and estimating what effects they might have, especially in the context of a company taking responsibility for the safety of its employees or members of the public.”
  • Getting people to Western Sydney International Airport
    Liverpool City Council has unveiled its futuristic ‘first contact’ vision of how the future Western Sydney International Airport will be connected to Sydney via Liverpool’s central business district.
  • Free online food training
    Goondiwindi Regional Council, Queensland, has invited residents and businesses involved in the food sector to take advantage of a new food safety training tool being provided free.
  • Safety skills give a head start
    A dozen teenagers took up the challenge to be job-ready and switched on to safety in the workplace thanks to a free youth workshop delivered by TAFE New South Wales and Inverell Council.
  • Graham Andrews Park state-wide winner
    Murweh Shire Council, Queensland, with the help of an enthusiastic Parks and Gardens crew, turned an unused and unattractive park in the centre of Charleville township into an award winning, favourite meeting place and nature playground.
  • Regional tourism under the spotlight
    City of Karratha welcomed more than 250 delegates from across Western Australia (WA) to town in September, hosting the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference.
  • Sheils Reserve redevelopment a win for local community
    A new and improved Sheils Reserve, Brunswick, Victoria, is open for the community to enjoy, thanks to a $382,000 investment from Moreland City Council’s Open Space fund.
  • Federal grants help make ends meet
    Kingston District Council, South Australia, recently expressed its appreciation to Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin, for federal funding support – to the tune of half a million dollars for 2019/20.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric fire truck
    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is partnering with Rosenbauer to work towards an Australian-first Plug-In Hybrid Electric Fire Truck for its emergency services.
  • New regional tourism website
    Visitors to central Victoria will have the ease of researching and booking must-see attractions and unique experiences on a new regional tourism website.
  • Newport littoral rainforest forever protected
    The successful purchase of over 10,000 sq m of environmentally sensitive land by Northern Beaches Council and the New South Wales Government will ensure it is protected for generations to come.
  • Helping students get hands-on work experience
    The City of Armadale, one of the fastest growing areas in Western Australia, has teamed up with local businesses to provide a career development program for Year 10 students.
  • Plenty Highway region tourism plan
    The Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) and Northern Territory Government have developed a Regional Visitor Experiences Master Plan for the East MacDonnell and Plenty Highway Region to shape investment in the region for the next 10 years.
  • Making these old walls talk
    The small town of Thargomindah, nestled on the banks of the Bulloo River in the south west corner of Outback Queensland, is famous for being the third place in the world after London and Paris to produce hydroelectricity for street lighting.
  • Premiere venues prove a drawcard
    City of Ballarat, Victoria, is living up to its events strategy vision of becoming a compelling destination for word class events.
  • Sporting clubs benefit from park upgrade
    Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Western Australia, sporting clubs now have access to improved sporting facilities at Briggs Park following the official opening of the $3.9 million upgrades at the precinct.
  • Stretton Centre’s NDIS business skills boost
    The South Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout in 2017 presented opportunities for current and aspiring disability providers in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs.
  • Salamanca Market is a testing ground for start ups
    Hobart’s renown Salamanca Market has launched an innovative opportunity for new Tasmanian businesses called the Innovator Program.
  • Tourism gets a boost
    Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, New South Wales, has appointed local girl, Jeana Bell as the new Tourism and Economic Development Officer for Cootamundra.
  • Local jobs for local people
    An initiative of Moonee Valley City Council, Victoria, to help residents of a local housing estate find work has resulted in 104 jobs in the space of a year.
  • Straw art draws a crowd
    Shire of York, Western Australia, continues its focus on economic development through its adopted Trails Master Plan and recent launch of the Wara Art Trail and York Walks.