Local Knowledge Famils
Over the next few weeks the Centre of Excellence will continue its program to increase local knowledge of the tourism product available in our own backyards by delivering three famils promoting experiences and attractions designed to suit a variety of visitor interests.
The first famil for 2023 was delivered yesterday, 29th March in the Bega Valley where participants visited the Potoroo Palace, Eden Visitors Centre, Eden Killer Whale Museum and experience Captain Sponge’s Magical Oyster Tour, Navigate Expeditions, Magic Mountain and finished the famil with a sneak peak behind the scenes tour of the South East Centre for Contemporary Art.
See below for details on up and coming the Local Knowledge Famils in the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven.
In March the Centre of Excellence also launched its Mentor Program. This is great opportunity for industry stalwarts to share their industry knowledge and experience to develop the future leaders in tourism and hospitality on the South Coast.
For those working in the industry the Mentor program will provide an opportunity to learn and develop career pathways with the support and encouragement of someone who has been there. The program will be presented on an online platform that provides valuable resources to assist participants to maximise their mentoring experience.
The Centre of Excellence will be conducting a webinar on Wednesday 5 April 2023 to provide more information on the program and answer any questions you may have. Register for this session here
Register to be a Mentor or Mentee of the program here
Bega Valley 4-day Short Course
The Centre of Excellence conducted a skills shortage survey of the tourism and hospitality operators in the Bega Valley to evaluate the needs of the community to assist it in scoping programs to support these businesses.
With recent changes to government allowances and access to fee free training the Centre of Excellence has identified potential opportunities to upskill and attract new workers to the industry to address skills shortages.
From this survey the Centre of Excellence, in collaboration with Training Service NSW, Workforce Australia and the Eden Chamber of Commerce, is promoting a four-day short course commencing on Tuesday 2nd May 2023 to be held in Eden.
This short course will cover skills that we highly sought after by operators as follows:
- Use hygienic practices for food safety
- Prepare and serve expresso coffee
- Responsible service of alcohol
Download this program flyer and enrolment form here
Centre of Excellence Champions
The Centre of Excellence launched its Champions Program earlier this year and is delighted to announce the following industry operators have confirmed their support:
- Peter Caldwell, Longstocking Brewery, Pambula
- Libby Cupitt, Cupitt’s Estate, Ulladulla
- Belinda Dorsett, The Mossy Café, Mossy Point
- Sonia Greig, South on Albany, Berry
- Alison Hayes, The Garden Berry
- Jacqui Wheeler, Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
- Susan Gray, Dromedary Hotel, Tilba Tilba
The role of the Champions is to provide the Centre of Excellence with feedback and support to deliver industry programs in their region. A full list of the Champions will be available on the Centre of Excellence website shortly.
The Centre of Excellence is delighted to be presenting Lyndey Milan OAM, home cook hero, TV Chef and presenter at a session on Food Tourism at 5 – 7.30pm on Wednesday, 10th May 2023 at the Worrigee Sports Club. The event is part of the Shoalhaven Food Network’s Autumn Celebration of Food calendar of events. Lyndey will share her knowledge on the value of food tourism particularly in regional NSW and will discuss with two local industry operators, Rosie Cupitt from Cupitt’s Estate and Terry Robinson from Old Salt Distillery who will share their stories on the importance of good food and beverages to attract visitors to the regions.
Lyndey will also host a “Lunch and Learn” event at Bangalay Luxury Villas and Dining at Shoalhaven Heads on Thursday 11th May 2023.
Further information and how to book to attend these events will be circulated shortly.