Tocumwal tourism consultation
TWO community consultation sessions on the future of tourism in the Berrigan Shire will be held in Tocumwal in August.
The motion was carried at the Berrigan Shire Council (BSC) ordinary meeting held last Wednesday.
It follows a period of uncertainty for tourism bodies ‘Tocumwal on the Murray’ and ‘The Barooga Accommodation Group’ who were not allocated funding in the BSC 2011/2012 management plan.
The sessions, which will be held at the Tocumwal Recreation Reserve on Tuesday August 9, will give stakeholders an opportunity to present ideas and discuss the proposed partnership with Moira Shire tourism group ‘Sun Country on the Murray’.
While BSC director of technical services Matt Hansen said council would financially support the existing tourism groups for ‘‘at least 12 months or more’’, he conceded there had been a push to move in a new direction.
‘‘We have a commitment to Tocumwal on the Murray and the Accommodation Group.
‘‘At this stage council are only looking at various options, no decision has been made or will be made without consultation.’’
Councillor Colin Jones attended the Tocumwal on the Murray regional tourism board July meeting, held on Monday last week.
He said members felt the uncertainty surrounding the future of ‘Tocumwal on the Murray’ had sentenced the group to ‘‘a death by 1000 cuts’’.
With change imminent Cr Jones said the board had found it difficult to sell tourism memberships.
‘‘Naturally they are keen to see a resolution as soon as possible.’’
Cr Jones said while board members were largely ‘‘sceptical of the motives’’ of Sun Country on the Murray, they were ‘‘open to change’’ and had a number of ideas to shape regional promotion.
‘‘It was suggested Toc on the Murray could grow to include all other groups with similar interests and goals such as the foreshore committee,’’ Cr Jones said.
The consultation sessions will run from 10am to noon, and 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday, August 9.