The release of the State Government’s guidelines for private investment in Victoria’s national parks has been a highlight of the past month, as we seek to promote the development of sensible, sensitive and sustainable tourism infrastructure. Other policy activities have included meeting with the Federal Shadow Minister for Tourism, Bob Baldwin, and planning an upcoming roundtable with Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall in May.
National park investment guidelines released
VTIC welcomed the release of the State Government’s Tourism Investment Opportunities of Significance in National Parks Guidelines in March. Recommended by the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC) following its inquiry into Victorian tourism, the Guidelines set the framework for private investment in sustainable and appropriate tourism infrastructure in the state’s national parks. Proposals will be required to go through a five-stage approvals process, including a period of public consultation, with final approval from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. VTIC consulted with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) on the Guidelines and will continue to work with that Department as further details emerge and the Guidelines are implemented. VTIC’s media release is available here. Further information about the Guidelines is available on DSE’s website.
Point Nepean National Park Masterplan
The State Government released its Point Nepean National Park Masterplan on 13 April, outlining a vision for the Point Nepean Quarantine Station site. It has also announced its intention to seek expressions of interest from private entities or individuals wanting to invest in the site. The development of Point Nepean will use the existing footprint of the site’s 17 hectares and 50 existing buildings. VTIC endorses the sensible and appropriate development of Point Nepean, provided extensive community and local government consultation is conducted. VTIC’s media release on the announcement is available here. The Masterplan can be found here.
Tourism – It’s Everybody’s Business
VTIC was proud to launch its ‘Tourism – It’s Everybody’s Business’ television commercial at the MPs 4 Tourism afternoon tea. The campaign, produced by Prime 7, highlights the flow-on benefits of tourism activity to regional Victoria. View the commercial here.
VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith met with the Federal Shadow Minister for Tourism, Bob Baldwin, on 9 April. A range of issues were discussed, including grants programs, tourism strategies and the upcoming federal election.
Dianne also met with Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, in April about the impact of the education sector industrial relations dispute on camps and outdoors operators and the skills needs of the tourism and events industry. On 15 May, VTIC will be hosting a roundtable discussion with Minister Hall on the new industry participation model for the vocational education sector. For further information, please contact VTIC Policy Manager Letitia Hatton by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Close to 40,000 applicants vie for Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’
Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign has received about 40,000 entries, with nearly 340,000 enquiries registered from 196 countries. Shortlisted applications for the six jobs around Australia will be announced this week. For further information, visit the ‘Best Jobs in the World’ website here.