Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils

Establishment of Local Tourism Organisation (LTO)

The Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils have recently appointed a Steering Group made up of industry representatives to investigate the development of a Local Tourism Organisation (LTO) for the Southern Forests and Valleys Region. The establishment of the LTO is dependent on the steering group recommendations to the WBAC.

The proposed LTO would act as a peak body for all tourism stakeholders in the regions. The aims of the LTO would be to create a sustainable, prosperous and healthy tourism industry; to attract more visitors to our region, celebrate our culture and offer a quality visitor experience.

The key functions of the proposed LTO are:

  • Marketing
  • Visitor Services
  • Industry Development
  • Product Development.

The industry representatives on the steering group are:

  • Stuart Hutchinson (Chair) from The Truffle & Wine Co. (Shire of Manjimup)
  • Tracey Hodgkins from Southern Dirt. (Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes)
  • Christine King from Blue Sky Retreat. (Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes)
  • Roger Purnell from Emporium Bistro. (Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes)
  • Wendy Eiby from Pemberton & Northcliffe Visitor Centres. (Shire of Manjimup)
  • Mark Hudson from Pemberton Camp School, Eucalyptus House and Pemberton Visitor Centre. (Shire of Manjimup)
  • Diane Ness from Nannup Valley Chalets. (Shire of Nannup)
  • Heather Walford from A Taste of Nannup. (Shire of Nannup)
  • Leon Buckley from Nannup Bridge Café. (Shire of Nannup)

Collectively they represent visitor services, accommodation, tours and attractions, retail, hospitality, events and agri-business. There is an excellent skill set on the steering group and a vast amount of experience within the tourism sector.

On the steering group, there are also an ex-officio representative from the WBAC three shires as well as ex-officio representative from:

  • The South West Development Commission
  • Australia South West
  • Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
  • Western Australian Aboriginal Tourism Operators Council

The Steering Group for the LTO meet once a month and look forward to updating you with their progress.

To enable the steering group to keep you up to date with their developments, we ask that you visit www.sfvta.com.au  and submit your contact details.  The LTO can be contacted through any of the steering group members listed above or by emailing info@sfvta.com.au.

LTO Feasibility Study - The Future of Tourism

Regional Visitor Servicing Business Plan

The Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils (WBAC) is a Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils representing the Shires of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup.  It was formed in 2001 following the restructure of the timber industry to work as a collective body on issues affecting those areas in the Warren and Blackwood catchments.

The WBAC exists to help develop a prosperous and sustainable region in the Warren Blackwood and to improve the quality of life for residents in the area. The WBAC acts as an advocacy group by supporting or undertaking significant projects relating to promoting economic development and diversity and encouraging regional population growth.

We aim to highlight and progress key issues that have a regional impact and to be a voice for the Warren Blackwood area. We aim to lead the way in partnership development, relationship building and progressing projects by establishing a respected reputation with key stakeholders

The Board of the WBAC has representatives from the three Shires and employs a part time Executive Officer. The South West Development Commission provides support funding and the Regional Coordinator attends Alliance meetings. The Board meets every two months, rotating its meetings around the three Shires.

To view the WBAC Strategic Plan 2016 – 2019 click here.

The WBAC can be contacted through the Executive Officer:

Katie Drummond
PO Box 528, Manjimup WA 6275
0409 112 529  

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