Focus On... Tourism and economic development

  • Internationally recognised for sustainable tourism
    Margaret River, Western Australia, has scooped a coveted spot in the global Green Destinations Top 100 Sustainable Destinations Awards.
  • After COVID-19*
    With travel restrictions eased and overseas travel limited, the rural hospitality industry is set for recovery.
  • Celebrity chefs show Bendigo to the world
    Bendigo and the central Victorian region’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy is celebrated in a new SBS Food TV series presented by celebrity chefs Adam Liaw and Poh Ling Yeow.
  • Councils find a better way
    Dubbo Regional Council, New South Wales, has been announced the winner of Economic Development Australia’s Excellence Award for Economic Development Initiatives in populations over 15,000.
  • Finding adventure closer to home
    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, City of Armadale, Western Australia, had to act quickly to support its local tourism industry.
  • Digital infrastructure strengthens economy
    A long-term works program to improve digital infrastructure and connectivity across the City of Logan, Queensland, will boost the local economy for years to come with a commitment of $2.5 million from the Queensland Government.
  • Where the coast comes to life
    Known as the place where the coast comes to life, Rockingham is famous for its 37 km of spectacular coastline and range of exciting ecotourism adventures.
  • Event planning streamlined
    Glenelg Shire Council, Victoria, has recently released its Draft Event Policy which outlines legislative and accessibility requirements, funding, and operational guidelines for public events across the Shire.
  • Remote airport opens
    Aurukun Shire Council, Queensland, has opened its new $2.9 million airport which will host the more than 10,000 passengers a year who travel to and from the remote Cape York Peninsula Indigenous community.
  • Space brings unity
    As Burwood Council, New South Wales, continues to work towards developing its vision for the future, community consultation consistently indicates that one thing residents truly value is a sense of space.
  • Renewal project a big win
    Brighton Council, Tasmania, has joined with MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, to provide a major overhaul of a popular local park and deliver an exciting new community space.
  • Annual turf management plan*
    Undertaking turf renovation operations in a narrow renovation season each year requires the proactive scheduling of turf management activities to ensure value for money and quality outcomes.
  • More spaces to play
    Barossa Council, South Australia has unveiled a new $500,000 open space development, giving the community more opportunities to play, relax and socialise.
  • Online audience harnessed in 4WD series
    The Shire of Ashburton has harnessed an online audience of over 600,000 with Ronny Dahl and 4 Wheeling Australia.
  • AI helps Indigenous Council recycle
    The expertise at Noosa’s Peregian Digital Hub is helping Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, Queensland, tap into the power of Artificial Intelligence.
  • Inspiring local operators to become ECO certified
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, is currently on its way to becoming a certified ECO Destination and an important part of the journey has been assisting local nature-based businesses to pursue formal recognition as ecotourism providers themselves.
  • Accessible facilities attract visitors
    Bass Coast Shire Council, Victoria, has recently replaced the toilet facility at Guide Park in Wonthaggi, which has been made even more exciting, with the inclusion of a Changing Places toilet.