Letter to the Editor - April 23: Don’t forget the bush

WHILE Sports Minister Stuart Ayres obsesses with sports stadiums in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, regional tourism organisations are withering on the vine.

The recent and unedifying Sydney sports stadium debate has an unfortunate side story - the neglect of Mr Ayres' other areas of responsibility, particularly regional tourism.

Regional tourism has been all but forgotten under the Baird-Grant Government, despite the fact it brings in $12.9 billion to the NSW economy and supports more than 150,000 jobs.

In his capacity as Minister for Tourism, Mr Ayres has delayed and delayed again finalising a substantial review into the funding and organisation of regional tourism organisations.

While the industry continues to wait for the review - now seven months overdue - Mr Ayres has been silent.

Penny Sharpe,
Shadow Minister for Trade and Tourism



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