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Tourism Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

In 2010 Eurobodalla Shire Council in consultation with the community, developed a Destination Management Plan (DMP) to ensure the sustainable management, development and marketing of tourism for Eurobodalla from 2011 to 2020.

One of the key directions of the plan under the heading of Strategic Destination Management is that Council should lead and foster a strategic and cooperative approach to tourism.

The plan also states that best practice research for regional tourism destinations shows that planning and management for tourism involves a collaboration of industry, local government and community. The role of local government in tourism destinations is to support, facilitate, and help build the capacity of the local tourism industry in order for the industry to be sustainable, and to ensure the wellbeing of its residents.

In November 2013 Council endorsed the formation of, and terms of reference for, a new Tourism Advisory Committee to meet this key strategic direction.

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Tourism in Eurobodalla: Values and Vision

The following outlines the shared vision for tourism in Eurobodalla that was developed through the consultation process.

Cooperate and support each other to achieve a sustainable and innovative tourism economic sector that:  preserves our natural environment; fosters support from our community; celebrates and offers diverse and quality visitor experiences related to our natural environment, culture and heritage; and welcomes and cares for our visitors.

This vision is underpinned by the following values:

  • Achieve a sustainable, innovative tourism economic sector;
  • Preserve the natural environment;
  • Cooperate and support each other;
  • Communicate effectively with our community to foster acceptance and support for tourism;
  • Celebrate and offer a diversity of quality visitor experiences related to our natural environment, culture and heritage; and
  • Welcome and care for our visitors.

Purpose of the Eurobodalla Tourism Advisory Committee

  • Represent the tourism industry and advise and make recommendations to Council on matters relating to tourism, the development of tourism and the future of tourism in Eurobodalla.
  • Undertake actions in partnership with Council to promote tourism.
  • Raise awareness of the value and benefits of tourism.

Title and Delegations

  • The committee shall be referred to as the Eurobodalla Tourism Advisory Committee.
  • The committee shall function as a non delegated advisory and working group.

Objectives

  • Inform the development, implementation and review of Council's priorities from the Tourism Destination Management Plan and Council's corporate plans.
  • Advise and support Council regarding tourism issues and make recommendations to Council, as appropriate.

Tenure to the Committee

  • Representatives to participate on the Eurobodalla Tourism Advisory Committee will be given formal notification by Council in writing.
  • Representatives will be selected on a skills basis by Council for a 2 year tenure.  Tenure can be renewed by Council for up to 4 years without readvertising.
  • Representatives not attending 3 consecutive meetings can be replaced at the discretion of Council.
  • Representatives must be willing to abide by the terms of reference for the committee.

Composition

Industry

  • 9 representatives of the tourism industry.
  • 1 local representative of Caravan and Camping Industry Association.
  • 1 representative of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Council

  • Mayor or his delegate who will act as the Chairperson (voting).
  • Once councillor (voting).
  • Executive Manager, Communications and Tourism (non voting).
  • Chief Financial Officer & Business Development or Divisional Manager Business Development (non voting).
  • General Manager, as a standing invitee to the meeting (non voting).

Selection criteria

Applications will be reviewed against the following selection criteria

  • Ability to represent and reflect the different segments of the tourism industry (eg, caravan and camping, tour operators, attractions, accommodation).
  • Knowledge of how the tourism industry through Regional Tourism Organisations, Destination NSW and Tourism Australia, works collaboratively in areas such as research, grants, industry development, marketing and infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of economic, social and environmental opportunities and challenges that face the tourism industry in Eurobodalla.
  • Experience in all or any of the following areas:
    • tourism at a local and/or regional level
    • tourism associations and/or business networks
    • business, management, marketing, research
    • community initiatives that contribute to the local tourism economy
    • committees or boards.
  • Is of generally good character, with no notable history of criminal conviction, business impropriety or financial misconduct.

Expressions of interest and appointments

Expressions of Interest will be sought through advertising and promotion through local media, Council's communication channels and business networks.

Appointments will be merit based on meeting the selection criteria, and made by Council.

Delegations of Committee

To advise Council.

Reporting Hierarchy

Recommendations and Council response will be communicated through the General Manager.

Contact Officer

Contact officer for the committee is Divisional Manager, Communications and Tourism.

Responsibilities of Committee Members

  • To advise and make recommendations to Council on matters relating to tourism.
  • To give advice to the best of their knowledge and ability that will help achieve the objectives of the committee.
  • To provide general advice to the Divisional Manager, Communication and Tourism.
  • Facilitate in a timely way any tasks allocated to and accepted by them.
  • Behave in a manner that respects the interests and viewpoints of other members.
  • To declare any potential or actual conflicts of interests on matters that are brought before the committee.
  • All committee members will abide by the Council's Policy for Code of Meeting Practice and the Division of Local Government Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW.

Responsibilities of the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

  • To chair the meeting and exercise functions, as determined by the committee.
  • To be the spokesperson for the committee, as directed by the committee.
  • To advocate for the committee and represent its decisions.
  • To sign off minutes endorsed by the committee.
  • Extraordinary meetings may be called by the Chairperson.

Responsibilities of Council

Council will provide secretarial support, including minute taking, and professional officer support, as appropriate.

The ongoing role of the committee will be reviewed annually.  Relevant matters will be referred to the committee for consideration.  Committee recommendations will be referred to Council for action.

Council at its discretion may review the role or structure of the committee.

General meetings

  • The committee is to meet a minimum 4 times per annum at times and dates to be agreed at the first meeting.
  • Replacement of members between terms will be nominated by the representing organisation/group.
  • Other interested individuals may be invited to attend meetings as observers, or be invited to present to the meeting, however they will only be recognised by consent of the Chairperson.

Distribution of Information

Recommendations of the committee are to be reported to Council and minutes distributed to Councillors through the Councillors newsletter.

Media releases are approved by the Chairperson of the committee and distributed by Council according to Council's Media Policy.

The Chairperson is the spokesperson for the committee.

Individual committee members may not issue a media release on behalf of the committee.

Variation to the Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference may be added to, repealed or amended by resolution of the Council, in consultation with or upon the recommendation of the committee.

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