Category: Media and Communications

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Brain-eating virus causes lake closure; thanks AGL

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Grey nomads turning ruined town into attraction

Editorial

Photo: Stonemason Ron Johnson works a wall of an historic building in Farina, South Australia.
Ever fantasised about restoring a historic building? Well a bunch of grey nomads are spending a season of labour every year on restoring the outback town of Farina, South Australia. About halfway between Port Augusta SA and Birsdville QLD, the town has long been abandoned – but a meagre bakery income, two stonemasons, some elbow grease and a plan have gotten Farina to a stage where a museum of artefacts could open next year. Continue reading

$190 fee to tourists must go: Osmond

Editorial

“If you want less of something, you tax it more” – Tourism and Transport Forum chief Margy Osmond quotes Malcolm Turnbull when she says that high tourist visa costs and Australia’s $55 ‘holiday tax’ hinders tourism industry growth. Continue reading

Disney supports reef in huge promotion

Editorial

One of the world’s biggest brands, Disney, is getting behind the Great Barrier Reef cause in their marketing of Finding Dory. Finding Dory promises to surpass Finding Nemo in the Top 10-grossing animated films of all time – and Disney have created entire education and collectable lines supporting the film. Continue reading

Reef recovery hinges on ‘rogue’ tourism operators?

Editorial

Tourism operators dependent on the Great Barrier Reef have signed an open letter citing the economic importance of the reef to business in Queensland. Many petitions and protests have drawn big crowds in the past few years, but the tourism operators’ petition was timed uniquely for the 2016 Australian federal election – and with the retraction of Clive Palmer, Queensland swing seats are vital to the upcoming federal election. Continue reading

20,000 indigenous artefacts found in central Sydney

Editorial

20,000 indigenous artefacts – including spearheads and cutting tools – have been found in the construction site of Sydney’s light rail. Continue reading

Adelaide Fringe gets balance wrong for 2016

Editorial

TTN: The Adelaide Fringe’s huge crowds are still turning up – but more for nights out partying and sight-seeing rather than to shows, leaving genuine ‘fringe’ artists (not mainstream/ up and coming) on the outer fringe of a fringe show. With over 40% of tickets being sold for smaller venues (as opposed to previous years’ 20% small-venue sales), event organisers concede that it’s the competition of over 1100 shows that has left some performers without sell-out crowds. Continue reading

Creative thinking + investment can limit violence

Editorial

This article in the Sydney Morning Herald explores what large cities around the globe do to invest in their night-time economies – including targeted police beats that cooperate with bar owners, staggered closing times to prevent critical masses of revellers, and even little teams of volunteers diffusing sticky situations one by one. Continue reading

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