Top End indigenous producing high-end furniture

Photo: Milingimbi Island craftsmen Sean Mandaway and Josiah Baker at the Manapan factory. Photo from TOVO.
Indigeous Northern Territorians are making their way in high-end furniture – and fetching up to $10k per piece for their uniquely NT pieces. Continue reading

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Priscilla: Cash and acceptance for Broken Hill

23 years after its release, the Australian movie Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is still providing much-needed tourism income to the outback town. A less-expected benefit: a wider understanding and appreciation of gay culture among trainloads of older visitors. Continue reading


Silo art a tourism boon for outback towns

Silo art is becoming a huge attraction in outback towns. One artist has reported seeing 50 campers a day approach him as he finished his silo art over three weeks. One significant learning came from the Brim, Victoria experience though – tourists want details; names, histories, and stories are what complete the attraction. Continue reading


Hold your own Wikipedia publishing sessions

An NT Library marketer has discovered a clever way to get the under-represented history of the Northern Territory online – she has started a Wikipedia Club. Continue reading

Penalty rate cuts for Arts+Rec, not F&B

Tourism groups have largely welcomed the Productivity Commission’s 23rd Feb 2017 cut to Sunday penalty rates, but restaurant and cafe operators have been left at square one – there is no cut to penalty rates in restaurants and cafes, or in clubs. More details – and an explainer – here. Continue reading


Dreamworld owners avoid tax and culpability

Photo: The scene at Dreamworld, Queensland, that left four people dead in October 2016. The park refused to provide evidence of any safety assurance systems to inspectors in 2012.
It’s a game of cops and robbers as profit-driven businesses dodge purportedly stringent safety standards and executive bonuses discourage safety reporting, writes Veronica Hope. Continue reading


Brain-eating virus causes lake closure; thanks AGL

Photo and caption from Photo from Central Coast Fly Rodders’ Club. A major tourism lake in NSW’ famous Hunter Valley has been poisoned, resulting in the closure of the lake. Gas corporation AGL, who have a significant plant on the edge of NSW’ Lake Liddell, have closed the lake to swimmers after a brain-eating amoeba was found. Tourism operators on the shore of the lake are expected to just fend for themselves with no explanation or compensation offered for the poisoning. Continue reading


RSL sub-branches close whilst group sits on millions

The Returned and Services Leagues Clubs (RSLs) of NSW are rolling in money, but precious little is being spent on veterans. Some NSW state sub-branches sit on millions of dollars in assets, especially property assets, because they don’t trust higher levels with their money, whilst the RSL nationally is legally a charity. Meanwhilst, multiple RSL Sub-branches close because they lack the legal expertise and funding to fight property battles. The iconic Five Islands RSL at Speers Point NSW – a treasured venue on the shores of NSW’ Lake Macquarie – sold in 2014 for just over $1m, a figure which barely buys a house on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Continue reading


Veganism is getting the crowds in

Veganism is often considered a hippy pursuit. But the results are in – visitors, especially city people visiting regional towns – love options, and Castlemaine in Victoria is attracting crowds based on its animal-friendly practises. Nikki Medwell, pictured above, is able to run an animal shelter on the funds raised by her vegan B&B. Continue reading


Qantas Chairman’s Club: ‘priceless’ gift to MPs

Australia’s democracy requires that all elected officials use a Gifts and Benefits Register, to ensure that business and individuals can’t buy favouritism. The ABC has revealed that Qantas has given parliamentarians ‘money-can’t-buy’ access to its Chairman’s Lounges, in which free everything, free upgrades and double hospitality service staffing are at the feet of the majority of Australia’s major-party MPs. Continue reading


Albany Premier Hotel burnt down by licensee

Another tourism operator has burnt down his own hotel in an apparent insurance job, but with a twist – he tried to stage a robbery excuse too, complete with fake CCTV footage. Licensee Graeme Cooper is alleged to have done extensive damage by arson to the historic Albany Premier Hotel in WA. Four other people – accomplices – were charged before Cooper was. Continue reading

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