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The latest tourism and events update from Glen Innes Severn Council's Economic Development team.
January 28, 2022
Happy New Year and welcome to our first Local Tourism and Events Newsletter for 2022. Preparations for our signature events Minerama Fossicking, Gem & Jewellery Show (11 - 13 March) and The Australian Celtic Festival (28 April -1 May) are well underway. We have extensive marketing activities in place to support both events and attract visitors to Glen Innes Highlands from across NSW and QLD.
At the Visitor Information Centre, we have seen an increase in the number of holidaymakers and travellers from Queensland, Greater Sydney and Tasmania. We're also seeing many visitors from the coast, exploring inland for weekend escapes, and many caravans and motorhomes on the move. We strive to keep up to date with your local business opening hours, closures, new experiences and events, so please continue to tag @gleninneshighlands in your social media posts (Facebook and Instagram) or reach out to the Visitor Information Centre.
We also encourage you to leverage any available resources and support, and we will do our best to include everything we know about right here!
Ronnie Bombell - Tourism and Events Officer
Glen Innes Severn Council
Here's an opportunity for local tourism operators to see first-hand something their guests can do in the local area. Join the GLENRAC walk on country with Banbai Rangers team, National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers, and the scientists who are discovering the web of life at this intriguing wetland, on Saturday 26 February 2022.
The NSW Government has announced a $66 million Alfresco Restart Package to help the hospitality, arts, and music sectors recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and enjoy a COVID Safe summer.
The announcement includes support of $5,000 to the first 5,000 approved eligible small and medium food and beverage businesses to create or expand their alfresco dining areas. This initiative will be delivered as a one-off rebate of up to $5000 to ensure that the support goes to eligible small and medium food and beverage businesses, and outdoor dining objectives are achieved. Learn more.
Presenters from Facebook and the Destination NSW social media team have created five free webinars to help tourism businesses improve their social media skills. Topics covered include: 'Inspire Action on Instagram', 'Optimising Your Facebook Presence', 'Capturing Social Content on Your Phone', 'Engage Your Audience on Social Media' and 'Create Stories on Social Media'. These webinars are online until 11 February 2022.
Eligible entities are invited to apply for funding in 2021-22 NAIDOC Local Grants Round. This grant provides funding to Indigenous and non‑Indigenous organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia.
Working Holiday Maker visa holders who come to Australia during the next 12 weeks will be eligible for a refund of their Visa Application Charge.
Major events scheduled for the coming weeks will be risk-assessed by NSW Health and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Event organisers should assume their event will proceed unchanged unless they are contacted by NSW Health to advise otherwise.
If your staff receive a positive result from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), they no longer need to go to a testing centre for a PCR nose & throat swab to confirm they have COVID-19, unless they fall into certain vulnerable or at-risk categories.
If you operate in one of these categories; accommodation, food & drink, event, transport, hire, general services or tour, get listed with ATDW to tap into over 1.5million potential customers a month (Domestic and International). Listing is free.
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