Kosciusko park set for tourism ‘transformation’

A $27 million plan to transform Kosciusko National Park into a leading tourism destination will see 46 kilometres of “the world’s best” walking trails developed at the iconic state park.

Commonwealth Games transport changes – winners and losers

The Queensland Government has announced major changes to transport in South East Queensland during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which will be held 4-15 April. The biggest change will be a tripling of services on the Brisbane to Gold Cost train line, with trains operating 24 hours a day. There will be 176 extra services […]

You are about to land at Avalon International Airport

Avalon airport, between Melbourne and Geelong, has been struggling a little in recent years. But that will change soon. Budget Malaysian carrier AirAsia has announced it will move its twice daily Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur flights there from Tullamarine by the end of the year. Airport owners Linfox will build a new $20 million international […]

$60 million reef funding ‘will make little difference’

It didn’t take long. On Monday the Federal Government made a big deal out of investing $60 million over 18 months to “set in motion” a major research and development program for the restoration of the Great Barrier Reef. Within 24 hours the plan was attacked by environmentalists, marine scientists and the Greens as too […]

Draft Newcastle metro plan released

The NSW Government has released a Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan. It sets out urban strategies to 2036 for Newcastle City, Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens. The plan was released on 30 November by NSW chief planner Gary White. It is at this stage a draft plan, with the NSW Government’s Department of […]

Byron heads new local government tourism alliance

Byron Shire Council, representing one of Australia’s most popular tourism destinations, is forming a National Tourism Councils Advocacy Alliance (NTCAA). The new body will have its first meeting in Sydney in early December. “We are often lone voice to State and Federal Governments for a better outcome from tourism,” said Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson. […]

Federal takeover a ‘disaster’ for Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is ‘on the brink of disaster’, says an independent report on the island’s economic situation. The report was commissioned by the island’s small community following the Australian Government’s abolition of self-government in July 2016 and the imposition of direct rule. Norfolk Island’s 1700 residents are now subject to the same laws – and […]

Park cruise ships at Garden Island, Government told

A leaked report to the NSW Government has recommended that cruise ships be permitted to use the Royal Australian Navy dockyard at Garden Island. At present cruise ships use the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay and a secondary terminal at White Bay, 3km west of the CBD. But to use White Bay they must […]

NSW Councils to boost the ‘Night Time Economy’

Local Government NSW and four major NSW councils will hold a forum on the Night Time Economy.. They have formalised the term into an acronym – NTE. The forum will be held in the Parkroyal Parramatta hotel on 12 October (during the daytime). Details here. The forum is the first tangible result of a work […]

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