Tourism gets shake-up

THE structure of tourism management in the Nambucca Valley has been given a shake-up.

General manager of Nambucca Shire Council, Michael Coulter, said following an organisational review and negotiations with Bellingen Shire Council earlier this year, it was decided that the development and promotion of tourism needed a new direction.

Mr Coulter said Nambucca Valley Tourism would now be the responsibility of the manager of business development, Mr Wayne Lowe.

"He will have both permanent and casual staff to develop a tourism strategy and provide an increased focus on marketing and development opportunities in general," Mr Coulter said.

"Negotiations have also occurred with Bellingen Shire Council with a view to sharing the expertise of their recently appointed tourism manager, Brian Stokes, to assist in the development of a tourism strategy for the Nambucca Valley.

"Mr Stokes is the former executive officer of Mid North Coast Tourism and we are looking forward to benefiting from his expertise and experience."

Mr Coulter said as a consequence of these changes Joy Lane's position of tourist infor- mation officer at Nambucca Shire Council had been made redundant, effective from December 7.

The mayor of Nambucca Shire Council, Cr George Hicks, said council had an obligation to the community to review services to ensure the delivery of the best outcomes.

"I think the opportunity to bring in some different ideas and strategies will be good for the tourism industry and the community," he said.

Cr Hicks said he would like to thank Joy Lane for the service she has provided to the Nambucca Valley for more than 10 years.

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