Head along to Thursday’s vital meeting about tourism

ON behalf of the board of Warwick Tourism and Events and with the support of the Warwick Chamber of Commerce, I would like to invite all members of the Warwick community to an information session on the Tourism Transition Report that was recently adopted by Southern Downs Regional Council.

The session will be held in the Warwick Town Hall at 5.30pm this Thursday.

I would encourage all members of the community to come along and join in the discussions regarding the future of tourism in our shire.

Mayor Cr Peter Blundell, CEO David Keenan and our elected representatives have all been invited.

Despite reassurances from the mayor regarding the future of events in the region, the funding model adopted post July 1, 2016 will see insufficient funds and levels of staff available to ensure the viability of existing events and the development of new events.

For many years Warwick Tourism and Events has assisted a large number of local and external organisations to create quality events in the region.

These events range from small scale charity events to major national events with the capacity to inject hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local community.

The operation of the Visitor Information Centres will see the adoption of a three-tier membership/partnership structure.

Hours of operation and governance will be managed by Destination Southern Downs with a uniform approach across the shire.

The information session is the community's chance to be informed about the TTG report and to discuss how to move forward as a community to ensure that the future of tourism and events in the Southern Downs is secure.

Majella Kahler, Warwick Tourism and Events board chair

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