COUNCIL will move forward on plans to reform tourism across the Berrigan Shire.
Councillors agreed on a strategic plan to implement the changes to tourism promotion at last Wednesday’s ordinary meeting in Berrigan.
The framework for the future of tourism includes extensive community consultation.
At the corporate services meeting scheduled for October 5, councillors will decide which of the tourism models that were discussed at the community forums in August, will be adopted.
They will then advise tourism stakeholders of this decision.
Between October 10 and 22, the council will consult with affected industry about the impact of this decision.
Stakeholders to be consulted include:
● Cobram Barooga Accommodation Group;
● Tocumwal on the Murray Regional Tourism Board;
● Berrigan & District Development Association; and,
● Finley Chamber of Commerce.
At the Corporate Services Committee meeting on November 2 director corporate services Matt Hansen will submit a report on the consultation and a framework for the preferred tourism model and a budget will be prepared.
At the council meeting on November 19 the future of tourism in the Berrigan Shire will be decided and implementation will begin.
Berrigan Shire General Manager Rowan Perkins said funding for the Tocumwal on the Murray Regional Tourism Board and the Cobram Barooga Accommodation Group is secured for the 2011-2012 financial year.