THE Regional Development Australia (RDA) Southern Inland Committee was provided with a highly valuable insight into the economy and community of the Snowy River Shire over a two day visit recently.
The Committee's understanding of the importance of the Snowy region within NSW Southern Inland was greatly enhanced, particularly in respect to tourism and the benefits it brings, as well as the need to support initiatives to address concerns such as infrastructure, transient employment and the impact of climate change on priority business sectors in the local economy.
The visit and meetings were the first of the RDA Southern Inland 'in-region' program for 2014 and benefitted greatly by being held in Jindabyne, the heart of one of the most dynamic and changing regions in NSW.
RDA Southern Inland Chair, Ken Prendergast said, "The council explained to us the significance of the "The Snowy" as a tourism destination in NSW and Australia and as a contributor to the economy of the region, NSW and Australia through tourism.
"It is imperative RDA Southern Inland works with the industry and the council to assist the region adapt to the impacts of climate change to ensure the resilience of the tourism sector and other businesses relying on it."
The two-day visit to the Snowy River Shire got off to a great start at the Thredbo Valley Distillery where hosts Monika and Brad Spalding introduced their business and the region.
The RDA Southern Inland Committee gained a good understanding of the importance of "off-mountain" businesses in the Snowy Region as year-long contributors to the local economy and the community. "
Open and frank discussion took place with Snowy River Shire Councillors John Shumack, Colin Stewart-Beardsley, Bill Smits, Vicki Wallace and Peter Beer, and General Manager Joe Vescio. A number of industry leaders provided informed insight into issues including road and air access, public transport, the impact of fluctuating seasonal demand on infrastructure and the workforce and access to government services.