Tourism operators show no interest in vacant position

CLARENCE Valley tourism operators have shown no interest in filling a vacancy on a committee to oversee the industry sector in the region.

When Clarence Valley Council contacted 409 local tourism businesses about a vacancy on its Clarence Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC), it did not gain a single response from those businesses.

The vacancy came about because of the resignation of Steve Ibbott in January.

Council also advertised in the press, sent out press releases, advertised on the council website, posted on Facebook and its eNews bulletins in addition to emailing its tourism database.

A report to council indicates five expressions of interest came for the position, but none of these was from within the tourism industry.

A report to Tuesday's council environment planning and community meeting said a person from outside the industry, Vivien Miller, had been selected to replace Mr Ibbott.

For Yamba tourism operator Mark Mitchell, who has been on the tourism committee since its formation in 2014, it was not surprising local operators did not volunteer time to be on the committee.

"Most of those businesses are small operators, who are focused entirely on their own businesses," he said.

"A lot of them would consider they didn't have the time to be sitting on a committee."

While Mr Mitchell said it was vital the committee continued to have industry representatives on it, there was also scope to include people from outside.

"Realistically, the committee benefits from people joining who have both the time and the energy to contribute," he said.

"It doesn't matter if she is from outside the industry if she brings skills and energy to her role."

Mr Mitchell said he had been sceptical of the TAC when it formed to replace the Clarence River Tourism Association almost two years ago.

"I'm coming to see more and more merit in it," he said. "It has strict guidelines and has to be accountable and it's good to see people on the council becoming familiar with a subject they didn't know much about to start with."

Which of our top ten Clarence Valley events is the best advertisement for the region?

This poll ended on 31 December 2016.

Current Results

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Jacaranda Festival


Head of the Clarence Rowing Regatta


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