30 April, 2022

Tourism Happenings – April 2022



Manager of Tourism and Economic Development


First and foremost, we hope you all had an amazing Easter and got to enjoy some of the numerous activities that occurred across our Shire and of course, lots of chocolate! If you were lucky you may have even got a pic with the Easter Bunny at Light up Crookwell or Easter In The Park!


Small Business Expo


Towards the end of March I visited the Upper Lachlan Small Business Association (ULSBA) small business expo, which was a great success.


It was lovely to meet and chat to the array of small businesses represented there.


Showcasing the Shire


We then headed around the Shire filming with Destination Southern NSW who had secured funding through the Bushfire Local Recovery Economy Fund to film a Visit NSW Tourism Campaign for three impacted Council’s, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn Mulwaree & Queanbeyan Pallerang.


Upper Lachlan was featured in three of the five trails that were filmed & designed to take people on planned road trips across our region.


It was great to see some local Upper Lachlan Shire residents including our young family and young couple involved and score a paid acting gig for the day! It was a fun and special experience, promoting the Upper Lachlan Shire and great for everyone to be a part of.


As part of the filming, numerous small businesses and natural assets along the trails were featured, showcasing our Shire in this incredible footage. Thank you to those businesses who took part.


The footage and images will be featured on Visit NSW as part of a specialised trails advertising campaign and given to Council for promotion of our region.


Community events


Our Council-run free events were a huge success and it was an absolute delight to see children and adults alike embrace the Easter Festivities and just have a whole heap of fun!!!!!


These events happen because of a community of people who pull together to deliver something great for our community.


My team and I want to thank the small businesses in the main street who allowed access to their roof awnings to enable the lighting to be installed. An extra special thank you to the Post Office and Elders who allowed internal access to enable the patterned lighting to be installed.


My thanks to everyone at Council across all Departments and Deputy Mayor McDonald for your help in the lead up and on the day and to Mayor Kensit, Cr Reynolds, Cr N McDonald, Louise Gibbs & Jane Wray for your help in delivering this wonderful event for our community. It was a great team effort!


The hugest of thank yous to Rose Marin from Southern Tablelands Arts for providing the outdoor movie screen and the badge making and zine making activities which were full up before we officially opened. Rose put in a stellar effort and pressed over 200 badges for some very excited kids.


We are intending to build on Easter In The Shire for next year, so please get in touch if you are offering an event or experience that can be included in the marketing for next year.


Council run, Light up Crookwell and Easter In The Park were both huge successes and the feedback we have received from the community, business community and visitors has been overwhelming to say the least.


We would also like to encourage anyone who took photos or videos of the Easter events to forward them to info@visitupperlachlan.com.au we will be putting together a display of the photos for visitors and the community to enjoy. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have.


Finally, I want to thank my team of Vivienne Flanagan and Jean O’Neill and would like to welcome Sara Page to the Tourism Team.


Sara has taken up the role of Digital Media & Visitor Experience Officer as of last week. She will be responsible for the day to day operation of The Visitor Information Centre as well as our Social media content going forward. So please take a moment to welcome her.


Networking events


In other news we will be hosting the first of our networking events at The Visitor Information Centre next month on Tuesday 10th May between 5.30pm and 6.30pm at The Visitor Information Centre.


This is open to all businesses, operators, community groups & organisations across the Shire. Our first one will be an informal meet and greet.


Drinks and nibbles will be provided and we sincerely hope you can join us please send us an email to info@visitpperlachlan.com.au to let us know if you will be attending.


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