21 September 2015 Tourism Committee Gets Down to Business

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21 September 2015 Tourism Committee Gets Down to Business

Growing the Coffs Coast as a tourism destination into the future is the focus of a new industry committee set up to help create a new strategic direction for the region.

Made up of tourism industry operators from Coffs Harbour and Bellingen, as well as Councillors and staff from both local councils, the Coffs Coast Tourism Committee will work with the local industry to drive tourism to the area.

“The need for a strategic tourism plan to guide the sustainable development, management and marketing of tourism for the Coffs Coast over the next five years was identified in a wide-ranging report and action plan published last year,” said the Committee Chair Chris Chapman, Council’s Director Sustainable Communities.

That study proposed: 

·         establishing a 5 year strategic plan;

·         ensuring there is accountability in marketing results;

·         ensuring clear leadership; and

·         building cooperation and unity.

One of the first steps was to establish the new Committee to work on the strategic plan.

The Committee and a team of expert consultants are about to begin the vital consultation with business and community stakeholders that will form the core of the strategic plan.

“This consultation aims to identify and review issues, plus the challenges and opportunities facing tourism over the next five years - including opportunities associated with nature-based tourism, arts and culture, hospitality, heritage, festivals and events,” added Mr Chapman.

“An important part of the tourism planning process will involve consultation with business and community stakeholders with an interest in the sustainable development of tourism.”

A series of consultation workshops are being held for interested parties across the Coffs Coast from October 6-8. RSVPs are essential.

An on-line survey will also be available from October 6-31, for both operators and the general public to make submissions. To find out more about the survey or the workshops visit: http://meredithwray.com.au 


Coffs Harbour Stakeholders - 6 Oct, 5pm, Coffs Harbour City Council Chamber.

Bellingen Stakeholders - 7 Oct, 5pm, Bellingen Shire Council Chamber.

Sawtell Stakeholders - 7 Oct, 5pm, Sawtell RSL.


Coffs Harbour Stakeholders - 8 Oct, 12.30pm, Coffs Harbour City Council Chamber.

Dorrigo Stakeholders - 8 Oct, 1pm, Dorrigo Community Hall, Hickory Street.

Northern Beaches & Woolgoolga Stakeholders - 8 Oct, 5pm, Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre, Beach St.

Urunga Stakeholders - 8 Oct, 5pm,  C.ex Urunga Boardroom, Morgo Street.