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Yass Valley Heritage Tramway Tourism Feasibility Study

Council has received funding, in partnership with the Yass Valley Development Corporation and Yass Railway Heritage Centre, to undertake a Feasibility Study to determine the tourism potential for reopening the Yass Valley Heritage Tramway.

Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably qualified persons to undertake the project management of the study. Copies of the Project Management Brief are available from Council by contacting (02) 6226 1477.

Expressions of Interest will be received up until closing time 5:00 p.m. on Monday 22 March 2010. David Rowe General Manager PO Box 6 YASS NSW 2582.

How should Historian be involved with Tourism

Assessments (of tourism potential, development and management requirements) should include both tourism and heritage issues so that they can inform subsequent planning.

Improved assessment methods are also needed to help consider the feasibility of tourism activities at heritage places. More informed assessments would help local government, developers, funding agencies and Indigenous communities in particular.

History is a vital companion to tourism. Tourists want to see ‘old things’, places where their ancestors lived, learn about things their ancestors did. The study of history can help to identify places and objects of interest to tourists…Loreley Morling University of Western Australia.

Cultural heritage tourism is largely untapped in Australia. Tourist authorities stress natural heritage (coral, kangaroos and wildflowers) or the larrikin ocker (Paul Hogan, Steve Irwin). Heritage tourism showcases Australia’s history and, as the experience of other new world societies like the United States and Canada, has great potential to attract travellers with education, money to spend, and high expectations … Assoc Prof Jenny Gregory University of Western Australia.

There can be a judicious mix of history and tourism provided that tourism ventures provide the correct history and not a jumbled version. And that is where the role of professional historians can come in, as they are the people who should be providing the information to tourism operators … Dr Christine Wright (Braidwood)

Professional historians already have a central role in heritage tourism, primarily through the preparation of thematic histories for local government heritage studies and historical research of individual heritage items. As history is principally the activity of telling stories about the past heritage tourism needs to tell engaging stories that are based on the work of professional historians and local researchers. History is therefore vital in reclaiming tourism from the dry recitation of facts that too often passes for the interpretation of heritage places. Stories connecting places with people from the past are the key to a more involving tourism experience … Murray Brown Heritage Office NSW.

History does not need to be sacrificed for tourism development. The general public are more than interested in history, it is the ways and means through which historians choose to communicate history which need to be sacrificed. Historians need to work collaboratively and have an understanding of the needs of tourism development … Megan Sheehy University of Melbourne

Whether natural, cultural or Indigenous heritage, or a combination of all three, Australia’s regional heritage tourism importance cannot be underestimated. Heritage tourism has enormous potential for growth in regional communities … Australian Heritage Commission

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There must be building of relationship between tourism and heritage. Development and promotion of Heritage tourism products and services to be completed by professionals not hobby or social groups … Cathy Dunn www.heritagetourism.com.au Program Director.

Graham Brooks and Associates Pty Ltd

Graham Brooks and Associates Pty Ltd
Heritage and Cultural Tourism Consultants
Level 1 71 York Street Sydney NSW 2000
Tel 02 9299 8600. Email

Graham Brooks is the Chairman of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee and is internationally recognised as a specialist in the management of tourism at heritage places and in preparing heritage places for tourism.

He is the author of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Charter and was principal author of the Guidebook on Tourism Congestion Management at Natural and Cultural Sites (2005) for the UN World Tourism Organisation.

As a conservation architect and specialist heritage consultant, Graham brings well developed heritage assessment skills to the identification of critical heritage characteristics that can improve the visitor attraction of heritage sites and places.

Australian projects undertaken by Graham Brooks and Associates include:
* NSW Historic Lighthouses Conservation and Cultural Tourism Plan, 1998
* Master Plan for Fort Kembla Heritage Park, Port Kembla, 2003
* Master Plan for Hill End Historic Village, 2003
* Tourism Feasibility Assessment, former Richmond Main Colliery, Cessnock NSW 2002
* Formulation of Selection Criteria, NSW Historic Towns Tourism Signage Project, 2001