Tourism

If re-elected, I will push to make Greater Shepparton RV friendly. This idea has been tossed around over the last four years and the best we could do was a trial of complimentary dump point tokens at the GS Info Centre …still waiting on the report of it’s success, but I would like to see a dump point at Ferrari Park in Mooroopna.

At the SEGRA conference in Alice Springs, tourism was said to be a key economic driver and the secret for successful tourism was tapping into adventure trails. For instance, rather than putting all our eggs into a stand alone drawcard like the new SAM, FullSizeRender (1)Greater Shepparton should have diversified and expanded on existing artistic attractions such as the current SAM and Gallery Kaela in High St. This would stimulate small business sales by increasing foot traffic, as well as appeal to the billion dollar adventure tourism industry in Asia.

If the new SAM does go ahead, it is absolutely imperative the caravan park remain. Word of mouth spreads more quickly on the road so RV drivers could be our greatest tourism asset. The retired population are more likely to travel in an RV and, according to SEGRA, the older population have more time and disposable income. This is supported by the majority of people buying Riverlinks tickets being over the age of 55.

Last week I went with LG Candidate for Strathbogie Andrew Bock on a road trip to visit ‘Big Things’. We went as far as the Big Glider in NSW. The idea was to see what tourism drawcards could be linked across Shires to strengthen the appeal of regional Victoria as a whole.

Imagine siphoning tourists from Melbourne or interstate, on their way to high profile events like the Shepparton Festival, Benalla Street Art Festival, or Wangaratta Jazz Festival – not to take away the success of larger events, but to offer a complimentary ‘pit-stop’ as part of an ‘Events Trail’, similar to Moira’s Farm Gate itinerary? Cross border tourism alliances will further position regional Victoria as a destination and strengthen all our economies.

Valmet Eva electric car concept
Valmet Eva electric car concept

Further to regional tourism alliances, I’m part of the Goulburn Broken Regional Greenhouse Committee, who are working on a Sustainability Victoria grant application to promote electric vehicle (EV) use across a number of regions.

I’m told Euroa and Wangaratta already have charge points, but ‘range fear’ is a real and tangible barrier for long distance road trips. By working together, we can plan and implement charge points at strategic locations across regions. Not only will this boost our tourism economy, but will also encourage more sustainable modes of transport that reduce Greenhouse Gasses.

 

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