National Parks: Promotes and Protects

New South Wales’ national parks and regional tourism will both benefit from the passing of the National Parks & Wildlife Amendment (Visitors and Tourists) Bill 2010 through the NSW Parliament in early June 2010, according to peak industry body, Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).

TTF Executive Director Brett Gale said the legislation further enhances protections for the natural estate.

“This is a sensible move which will help to increase visitation to national parks,” Mr Gale said, “while at the same time protecting them from inappropriate development.”

“It will clarify the types of visitor facilities that are allowed in national parks and further strengthen the restrictions on what tourism activities are acceptable.

“Far from threatening the natural estate, it further enshrines in law vital conservation requirements.

“Only structures of an appropriate type and scale which ‘tread lightly’ are permissible, while a share of profits from any commercial partner will be reinvested in park infrastructure and management.

“Preserving the natural amenity of national parks is crucial to maintaining their desirability to visitors which puts conservation at the forefront of the tourism industry’s considerations.

“The ethos is intrinsically one of conservation and environmental awareness, underwritten by the reality that the natural assets are the primary attraction.

“The tourism industry welcomes the passing of this bill and looks forward to helping the NSW Government achieve its aim of a 20 per cent increase in visitation to national parks by 2016.”

It’s official. NSW is the nation’s favourite tourist destination

New independent figures released today show NSW enjoyed a bumper end to 2009 with domestic overnight visitors to the State increasing by 7 per cent.

This follows figures released last week that show NSW continues to lead the nation’s international tourist recovery.

Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay said the latest National Visitor Survey showed NSW was the only State to see a significant increase in visitor numbers in the last quarter of 2009.

“While domestic travel by Australians saw no significant change overall, visitor numbers to Victoria and Queensland actually fell by 4 per cent and 9 per cent respectively,” Ms McKay said.

“So the fact that NSW bucked that trend with a 7 per cent increase in the number of visitors over the quarter is another clear sign that we’re leading the nation’s tourism recovery.”

Ms McKay said that the State’s share of domestic visitors increased by 3.2 per cent to 37 per cent over the quarter, compared to Victoria and Queensland, both at 23 per cent.

“NSW is the number one State for Australian visitors, visitor nights and visitor spending,” Ms McKay said.

“Our State is the nation’s favourite destination and these results are great news for the State’s tourism businesses and for the economy.

“Last week’s International Visitor Survey showed that international visitors to NSW increased by almost 7 per cent last quarter, with visitor nights up by almost 13 per cent.

“The best news is that 2010 is already shaping up to be a great year for tourism in the State with operators reporting strong bookings over the summer.”

Ms McKay said the results also show a 12 per cent increase in the number of visitors to Sydney in the quarter ending December 2009 compared to the same quarter in 2008.

“Sydney saw more than 1.8 million Australian visitors in the last quarter of 2009, an increase of around 200,000 compared with the previous year.

“Regional NSW also recorded a positive quarter with a 6 per cent overall increase in the number of domestic overnight visitors,” Ms McKay said.

A few regions in particular saw significant increases over the quarter, including the Murray (up 40 per cent), Capital Country (up 36 per cent) and New England North West (up 28 per cent).

For the year ending December 2009, NSW received 22.6 million domestic overnight visitors who stayed 77 million nights and injected more than $12.25 billion into the State’s economy.

* Tourism Research Australia National Visitor Survey December 2009 quarter.

 Discover NSW Heritage Tourism

The Cultural Moment in Heritage Tourism

New perspectives on performance and engagement
Ask most tourists and they will tell you that visiting heritage sites is primarily about ‘having a nice day out’. Recreation, leisure and sometimes a desire for education or the expression or demonstration of cultural ‘taste’ are all well documented motivations for touristic activities.

But what cultural work does the act of visiting cultural sites actually do?  What, in cultural and social terms, is achieved by having ‘a nice day out’?  What also, beyond the economic, is obtained by the delineation of cultural sites and places for touristic consumption?

This work explores the cultural and social work that both the act of visiting, and the provision of heritage sites for touristic use, does – it aims to capture the cultural moment in heritage tourism.

In identifying and capturing this ‘moment’, the volume also aims to explore what this may mean for a critical understanding of both tourism and heritage itself.

In providing a deeper and nuanced understanding of the motivations, on-site activities, meaning construction and other cultural work by both tourists and tourist operators, the work aims to provide a critical and holistic understanding of the interrelation between heritage and the tourism industry.

We therefore invite contributions from established scholars across a range of fields who might want to address, refine, take issue with or replace some of the following questions:

  • How are cultural encounters best understood in tourism contexts?
  • To what extent are moments of engagement premeditated or random?
  • Can such moments be created, and what does this imply about agency and subjective understandings?
  • How are cultural moments configured in cyberspace, with the advent of Web 2.0 in particular?
  • To what extent is the cultural moment constitutive of other social relations such as power and authority, gender and history?
  • How is the moment embodied? What movement is revealed? What senses are involved?
  • How is performance modulated by moments of engagement, and what are the reciprocities of engagement and performance in tourism places?

It is our intention to present a collection of chapters to explore these and other related questions that our contributors may offer. We invite theoretical and conceptual contributions; the results of empirical research; reflections on lived experience; and applications of emergent theory to cases preferably of international significance. To be considered for this publication, you should submit a 300-word abstract to Laurajane Smith, Emma Waterton and Steve Watson at no later than 31st March, 2010.

Tourism On Country

Tourism NT’s “Tourism On Country” Newsletter is produced and distributed on a quarterly basis.

Provide an update on what is happening in the Indigenous tourism sector, locally, nationally and internationally. Encourage becoming involved in the tourism industry through showcasing others that have succeeded or are developing tourism enterprises More Details

Creation of historic theme accommodation village

The Story behind the creation of Woollamia Village Retreat on the South Coast NSW.

In early February 1998 Sue & Brian Brown commenced construction of Woollamia Village Retreat. The original thought was to build cedar weatherboard cabins however when it came to putting pencil to paper they changed their thinking. As it was approaching the centenary of Federation the idea developed to recreate public buildings of the federation era.

Barry Richards a long time acquaintance and draughtsman was given the concept and came back shortly afterwards with the idea on paper. He then set about completing the working drawings, which were submitted to council in August 1997. Council granted approval late January 1998.

Construction of the Police Station, Post Office and Church commenced on the 1st February 1998.

Overseer’s Cottage had been built prior to the Village for Sue’s Dad George who did unfortunately return Overseas. This was built incorporating the properties original garage and carport. The garage was turned into a bedroom, ensuite and WIR, an extension to the north was made to form a living area and kitchen and surrounding veranda to match the original home on the property.

Police Station: constructed between February 1998 and December 1998 opened for business 26th December 1998. The Police Station was inspired by, Brian’s Grandmother who purchased the Old Cobbora Courthouse near Dunnydoo and proceeded to restore it when her husband passed away.

The Cobargo Police Station was also an inspiration (although it was the original Court House), which we did not find out until we had completed our Police Station.  The weatherboard building adjacent was the original Police Station.

The Cell block adjacent to the Woollamia Village Retreat Police Station was constructed using the Cell doors off the Old Jervis Bay Village Police Station built in the 1950’s.

The Charge Dock inside is from the Old Tea Garden’s Court House unfortunately we don’t know when it was built or demolished. Our Cell Block was loosely modelled on the one at the Pambula Court House.

The General Store: Constructed between November 2000 and September 2001. The inspiration for this building came from a number of sources, Burrawang and Barrengarry General Stores, an old store in Carcoar (which we thought had been a General Store but in fact had been a Boot Makers Shop).

We also liked a sketch by Gordon Hanley a Queensland artist, which is on display in the store. The cash register from a Pub, the Milk Cart from the Camden area. The signage and other items on display come from far and wide

The Post Office: Constructed between February 1998 and December 1998 it also opened for business on Boxing Day 1998.

This building was constructed from left overs and recycled building materials. The timber panelling in the bedroom was from the Captains Cottage at HMAS Creswell. The windows from Garry MacDonald’s home in the high ground above Berry. Bricks were left from varied building projects undertaken.

The Falls Creek Post Office sign was located in Goulburn, where it was explained, it had been used for concrete formwork (marks can be seen on the sign) by its previous owner. The Post Office was originally located at the corner of the Princes Highway (now Falls Road) and Parma Road and was later relocated to Falls Creek Village (Klimpton) but no longer exists. The Huskisson 2540 came off the old Huskisson Post Office built in the 20’s (where the Dolphin Explorer Cruises are now locate).

The Village Church: Constructed from February 1998 to July 1999 is a little unusual perhaps as, it was inspired by a Pre-School we built in Berry. It is built in the fashion of the old country Churches seen dotted around old Towns throughout Australia. The timber panelling was recycled from an old home in Nowra, the Pew is from the old Wandanian Church, which was moved off site (the site now houses Wandanian Yard & Garden). The 1880’s Easty Organ was from Armidale, the Lectern from the Asian Pentecostal Church (don’t know where) and the shutters on the western elevation from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Earlwood.

The Bank: constructed between July 2000 and opened on 12th December 2000. It is a reflection of the good old days of Australia’s first bank the Bank of New South Wales established in 1817. There is some old banking memorabilia on display, moneyboxes, cheques etc. The shelves in the display cabinets are the old Teller screens from the Westpac Nowra refurbishment. The plaque was obtained from Queensland and arrived just prior to our opening.

The School: Constructed between January 2001 and October 2001. The inspiration for the School comes from the old family property “The Springs’ near Dubbo settled in the early 1800’s. The weatherboards at the end of the veranda come from the old Birriley Street School at Bomaderry, which was built in 1893. The blackboard is from Kiama a School built in the 1950’s, the bubbler was located in Wollongong.

The Village Inn: Constructed from March 2002 and completed in December 2002 being the final cottage. Inspired by the Slim Dusty song “A Pub With No Beer”. It’s hard to determine where all of the memorabilia comes from. The piano is 1800’s English most other bits have been picked up locally.

The Gazebo: This was constructed mid 2005 as an area for guests to sit and have a couple of drinks or a barbecue. Also ideal for intimate wedding Ceremonies.

The Village Hall – Guests Activities Room: This completes the construction phase at Woollamia Village Retreat. This building started its life as a workshop and has been converted to facilitate as an area for our guests to have get togethers or for small conferences etc. This is the most rustic of our buildings, however it comes with all the required facilities. It contains a kitchenette, disabled toilet, tables and chairs. This area was completed in April 2006.