Issue IIs Iss ssu ss ue e No. 160 – Thursday, January 13, 2011 Distributed free every Thursday throughout the Riverland
Yabbie, dabby doo! Locals are going crazy for the Riverland’s tastiest treat. Full story Page 4
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■ YUM: With so many yabbies being caught, Darren Oxlade is just one Riverlander finding many different ways to eat the freshwater critters. Photo: JANE WILSON
Pumpa’s U.S no go
The region to suffer major blow as tourism manager’s
By ROB McLEAN TWO key Riverland tourism jobs could be lost under a South Australian Tourism Commission budgetary reshuffle resulting from stagnant State Government funding. The staff, based at the SATC’s Riverland regional office in Berri, could lose their jobs in the restructure, along with around 20 tourism employees based in similar positions across the state.
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Tourism job loss a blow for region THROUGHOUT the water crisis, tourism was painted as the shining beacon of light, keeping the Riverland afloat during the bad times. In the Riverland Futures Taskforceâ€™s prospectus, funded by the State Government, it was predicted that tourism would generate an additional $43 million dollars into the local economy by 2016. Having a locally based tourism manager co-ordinating campaigns to attract visitors to our region would appear to be a key plank to ensuring this goal is met. Not so, according to the South Australian Tourism Commission, which is proposing to cut regional tourism managers and centralise the project development to Adelaide. If this proposal occurs, as sure as night follows day, the Riverland will fall well down the visitor pecking order as the stateâ€™s tourism giants such as Kangaroo Island, the Barossa Valley and the Flinders Ranges garner all of the attention from administrators. Ensuring the public realises that the River Murray extends past Blanchetown remains a key challenge for local operators and that battle will become even tougher if this key tourism position is lost. Understandably, our tourism operators are furious about this cost cutting decision. They feel communication with the SATC will become much more difficult and so, in turn, will getting the message out to tourists about our beautiful region. It is a shortsighted decision that will mean more than just the loss of two jobs in a region that has already been hit by the closure of factories, fruit properties and a decline in government employment. This is a decision that must be reversed.
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