Tocumwal tourism con­sul­ta­tion

Southern Riverina news - - News - By Marissa Daly

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.

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