Stakeholder Update | November 2018


Message from the Chair

Last Thursday, Destination Sydney Surrounds South (DSSS) hosted a meeting with the Hon. Adam Marshall – Minister for Tourism and Major Events during his visit to attend the Community Cabinet Session in Ulladulla. Local stakeholders were given the opportunity to network and meet one-on-one with the Minister to discuss priority opportunities and challenges being faced in the region.

Hon. Adam Marshall, Minister for Tourism & Major Events who met with local stakeholders at Cupitt’s Winery on Thursday.

In a busy week for the Minister, the next day he launched the NSW Food & Wine Tourism Strategy and Action Plan 2018 – 2022 in Griffith. The plan is designed to provide the food and wine sector as well as the broader tourism industry with an overview of Destination NSW’s plans to further support and develop food and wine tourism in this State. With significant potential for high yield growth, food and wine tourism was identified as a priority sector in the recently released Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan 2030 (VEIAP). Incorporating a vision for Sydney and Regional NSW, the new strategy will be delivered over a four-year period in collaborative partnership between Destination NSW and industry stakeholders including, Federal, State and Local Government, regional Destination Networks, industry associations and local tourism agencies.

DSSS is continuing to engage and represent our region in a number of initiatives and projects, including working closely with Destination NSW for the development of the NSW State-wide Destination Management Plan, delivery of the Drive Tourism campaign and partner with the Regional Conferencing Unit to support business events and conferencing in our region.

Other collaborative partnerships include working with NSW Department of Industry to deliver key actions from the VEIAP, including development of the NSW Nature Based Tourism Strategy, NSW Tourism Infrastructure Strategy and the Visitor Economy Index.

DSSS were engaged in a project led by NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet in collaboration with National Parks and Wildlife Services, and Wollongong City Council to develop the recently released draft
Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy. DSSS also partnered with Wollongong City Council to develop the draft Mt Keira Summit Park Plan, both plans are currently on public exhibition and submissions are encouraged by Monday 10 December. 

Other key issues that are the focus on the DSSS agenda include:

  • ‘Whole of Government’ approach to drive the visitor economy
  • Collaboration and unification of stakeholder programs to ensure maximum benefit for the tourism dollar
  • Cross border programs that harmonise with our visitor itineraries
  • Addressing the many regional issues such as; the drought and tourism, staff skilling and pathways to graduate status, dispersal of FITs to our region from major cities Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra

DSSS endeavours to continue our collaboration with stakeholders. ‘Have your say’ by contacting us through our website or via email at: [email protected].

May I take this opportunity, as we prepare for our traditional influx of holiday visitors, to wish you all a healthy and prosperous festive season.

Colin Waller
Chair, Destination Sydney Surrounds South

Read more and view NSW Food & Wine Tourism Strategy & Action Plan 2018-2022

NSW Tourism and Transport Plan launched
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance recently released the final NSW Tourism and Transport Plan. The plan details how transport will contribute to the Government’s tourism targets outlined in the Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan 2030 (VEIAP) and includes initiatives relating to ticketing, information, services, infrastructure and planning.

Boosting Regional Australia through Agritourism Discussion Paper released
Australian Regional Tourism Ltd (ART) have released their Boosting Regional Australia through Agritourism discussion paper. The document outlines the opportunities and barriers for Agritourism and includes key recommendations for action. Issues identified include, leadership, regulator framework, strategy and policy, regional economic development and communications. Executive Summary of the discussion paper is now available.

Public consultation on proposed amendments for short-term rental accommodation
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is calling for feedback on proposed amendments to planning rules in order to provide short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in NSW. STRA was formerly known as short-term holiday letting. Submissions must be provided by 16 November 2018.

Draft Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy and Mt Keira Summit Park Plan
Submissions are invited during the public exhibition period for the draft Illawarra Escarpment Mountain Bike Strategy, developed in partnership by Office Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Wollongong City Council. Council is also seeking feedback on the draft Mt Keira Summit Park Plan of Management. Submissions must be provided by 10 December 2018.

Improving safety at music festivals
The NSW Government is looking at a range of new measures to make music festivals safer.

Building Better Regions Fund
Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding available through the following streams:
  • Infrastructure Projects Stream – to support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provides economic and social benefit to regional and remote areas.
  • Community Investment Stream – for new or expanded events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capacity strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
Applications to be submitted by 5pm, 15 November 2018 (AEST).

Regional Skills Relocation Grant
Eligible businesses operating in eligible regional NSW industries, including tourism are encouraged to apply for relocation grants of up to $10,000 per worker to assist in attracting skilled employees to regional NSW businesses.

Regional Tourism Fund Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program
Local government, tourism and sector organisations are invited to participate in a Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program with Destination NSW. EOI to be submitted by 30 June 2019.

Regional Tourism Product Development Program
To encourage investment and development of tourism infrastructure, local government, tourism and sector organisations, and private enterprise are encouraged to apply for funding to implement projects across NSW. Proposals are to be submitted by 30 June 2019.

World Cider Awards
Congratulations to Glenburnie Orchard who won Gold at the World Cider Awards for a second year in a row recently with their Darkes Cider ‘Howler’ cider.

AHA National Awards for Excellence
Congratulations to Headlands Hotel Austinmer who won Overall Regional Hotel of the Year at the Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence at the ceremony held recently.

2019 Good Food Guide Awards
Congratulations to Sydney Surrounds South restaurants who were recently recognised for the excellence in food at the Good Food Guide Awards, all retaining their hat ratings for 2019:
  • Biota Dining, Bowral (Two Hats)
  • Caveau, Wollongong (One Hat)
  • St Isidore, Milton (One Hat)
NSW Wine Awards
Congratulations to Tertini Wines who won Chair of Judges Award for Best Southern Highlands Wine with their 2018 Pinot Gris at the NSW Wine Awards held in Bowral recently.

Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering 2018 Awards for Excellence
Congratulations to the Sydney Surrounds South businesses who were finalists and winners at the Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering 2018 Awards for Excellence NSW Awards, and those who won medals at the National awards: 
  • Burrawang General Store – Café Dining and NSW Regional Café of the Year 
  • Kohli’s Indian Restaurant, Nowra – Indian/Sub-Continent Restaurant
    (National Bronze Medal Winner)
  • Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant, Wollongong – Formal Seafood Restaurant
    (National Gold Medal Winner)
  • Bannister’s by the Sea Pool Bar, Mollymook – Small Bar
IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards
Congratulations to the tourism related winners and finalists at the recent IMB Bank Illawarra Business Awards. Winners included:
  • Uncle Joe’s Brew – Excellence in Retail & Hospitality
  • Symbio Wildlife Park – Excellence in Sustainability
  • Cupitt’s Winery – Excellence in Tourism
  • Corrimal Chamber of Commerce – Local Chamber of Commerce
  • Breakout Bar & Escape Rooms – Wollongong City Centre Business of Excellence
NSW Tourism Awards
Congratulations and best of luck to the Sydney Surrounds South region businesses who have been announced as finalists in the NSW Tourism Awards. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala at Luna Park, Sydney on Thursday 22 November.

AHA NSW Awards for Excellence
Congratulations and best wishes also goes to operators from the Sydney Surrounds South region who have been announced as finalists in the Australian Hotels Association NSW Awards for Excellence. Winners will be announced at the Presentation Ceremony in Pyrmont on Tuesday 20 November.

Aboriginal Cultural Tourism

Delivered in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Tourism Operators Council (NATOC), the next round of NSW Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Experience Development workshops will be held in November and December. 

9 – 10 November 2018, Hunter Valley: Combining cultural and adventure tourism, Aboriginal art and tourism

4 – 5 December 2018, Shellharbour: Traditional and contemporary bush tucker tourism experiences

10 – 11 December 2018, Orange: Intro to tourism, Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2017-2020 and NATOC

The goal of the three workshops is for aspiring Aboriginal tourism operators to gain a greater understanding of the tourism sector and how to access services to further develop their businesses. Operators may wish to attend one or more of the three proposed workshops. A further six workshops are scheduled for the new year.

COST: Free

Register now

On Demand Webcasts

NSW First program is designed to assist tourism businesses to develop, promote and sell their tourism products. The program includes online webcasts that offer ‘how-to’ insights on a range of topics including:

  • Flagship Events Program series
  • Export Ready 101 & Inbound Strategy series
  • Regional Tourism Fund series
  • Aboriginal Tourism
Learn more & watch now

Inbound Strategy

A practical workshop designed to assist tourism businesses, such as tours, attractions and accommodation, to plan the final steps to develop and sell export-ready tourism products to the international travel trade.

DATE: 6 June 2019
TIME: 10:30 – 15:45
VENUE: Destination NSW, 88 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney
COST: $50
Register now

HomeAway Sessions

HomeAway, the new home of Stays, is committed to assisting partners drive more bookings to their properties. South Coast NSW is a key destination for HomeAway and they invite partners to one of their information sessions to meet the team, understand more about the brand, and learn about tools available to grow bookings.

  • Session 1: Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Huskisson – Monday 12 November, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Session 2: Shellharbour Civic Centre, Shellharbour – Tuesday 13 November, 11am – 1pm
  • Session 3: Lincoln Downs Resort, Batemans Bay – Thursday 22 November, 4pm – 6pm

COST: Free

Learn more & watch now

List Your Venue

LIST YOUR VENUE on the Meet in Regional NSW website to allow Destination NSW to promote your venue for regional conferences and business events.