As the Committee Chair and Project Manager, it has been a real pleasure being a part of pulling the Committee together and coordinating the planning and implementation of this initiative, the first of its kind in Queensland.
Indeed, the Committee being hosted by a Native Title Representative Body perhaps makes this initiative the first of its kind in Australia.
A lot of work has been done leading towards the Phase 1 workshop scheduled for June, which will include Traditional Owner group representatives from across South East Queensland.
Importantly, the workshop is not simply about Traditional Owners “finding their place” in the tourism industry, but will be very focused on defining the cultural parameters, principals and protocols for the broader tourism industry to learn and apply in order to “find their place” within the Traditional Owner environment. This initiative is all about a win-win for Aboriginal culture & economic development, and the continued development of Tourism as a strategically important sector in Queensland.
Phases 2 of the initiative will significantly involve the tourism industry across the region. Many small, medium and large tourism industry players are on my radar to contact in the coming months, but I encourage those out there in the tourism and travel industry across the region to be proactive and get in touch with me to ensure you are in the mix as this initiative unfolds.
Update: A tourism industry perspective on the recently released State Budget. Several areas relating to Indigenous participation in the sector.