On May 9th and 10th Charleville will be the town will be a hive of activity, because we’re playing host to the very first South West RED Western Economic Development Forum.
This exciting initiative came about during South West REDs last general meeting, and the main focus of this forum will be tourism.
Chair of South West RED and Mayor of Paroo, Cr Lindsay Godfrey, says this is just the beginning for the organisation.
“We know tourism is important to our local economy and can complement existing industries, such as agriculture and resources,” Cr Godfrey said.
“This is an opportunity for local business, tourism operators, visitor information staff and local government reps to come together and discuss real economic development opportunities.
“And not just for the south west but the entire west, including central and north.”
The two day forum will be split into five engaging sessions, with around 20 guest speakers.
Not only will they discuss the latest trends and issues that outback Queensland tourism faces, but also take a look into investment opportunities, packages and marketing.
There will be an announcement made around the ‘branding’ of western Queensland, with people from as far as Mount Isa, Thargomindah, Charters Towers and St George expected to attend.
“There are opportunities for regional Queensland and it is up to us to embrace these through thoughtful planning which can contribute to economic performances for our areas,” says Cr. Godfrey.
Guest speakers include Peter Homan, the General Manager of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, Matt Bron from Tourism and Events Queensland, SENEX Energy Ltd and NBN Co and Professor Jim Cavaye from USQ, who is renowned for driving economic growth in regional centres.
Cr Godfrey said it would also be a chance for new regional leaders to meet for their first South West RED meeting, post-election.
“We have a lot of work in front of us, both at a local and regional level and I know we are all looking forward to this term of local government.
“Ultimately, we all want better outcomes for the regions and this gathering has the potential to achieve that,” he said.
The Western Queensland Economic Development Forum is being supported by Regional Development Australia and the Queensland Department of State Development.
Anyone interested in attending the Forum is encouraged to register, as there are limited spaces.
To register you can contact Monique Johnson, Marketing and Events Coordinator with the Murweh Shire Council: firstname.lastname@example.org