Tourism re­form

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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.

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