National Ecotourism Australia Conference – Hobart, Tasmania 1 December 2005. Townsville: Fostering Partnerships and Opportunities in Ecotourism. Cr. Ann Bunnell Deputy Mayor - Townsville City Council (paper by Ann Bunnell & Greg Bruce). Welcome to Townsville.
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National Ecotourism Australia Conference – Hobart, Tasmania
1 December 2005
Townsville: Fostering Partnershipsand Opportunities in Ecotourism
Cr. Ann Bunnell
Deputy Mayor - Townsville City Council
(paper by Ann Bunnell & Greg Bruce)
"Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation".
“To ensure an ecologically sustainable and economically viable ecotourism industry in the Townsville region. Where the rich natural diversity, cultural heritage, and unique lifestyle are so valued by the entire community, that they are proactive in its management and conservation for future generations. Ecotourism represents the pre-eminent form of tourism in the region and engage, educates and delights our visitors”.
Townsville Regional Natural Assets Database and
State of Environment Report 2003
(2005 Tourism Futures Conference – Gold Coast)
- fostering regional cooperation and partnerships
Townsville boasts some great ecotourism environments and has responded by developing an integrated suite of educational information and facilities including great on-line ecological information.
Like all communities with exceptional and distinctive environmental character our community places great importance on the conservation of it.
With two of the world’s great environmental icons on our doorstep and backyard (Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas) – we have an important responsibility to showcase them and
Provide opportunities for tourism business which melds with our own areas aspirations for a Sustainable Townsville and Health City.
Townsville’s own distinct environments melding tropical wetlands, savannas, rainforests and marine environments offer an important vision for integrating community with a sustainable future.
Council has sought to do this through partnerships and fostering regional cooperation.
Elizabeth Booth (EMS) – for preparation PPT slides & photos
Photographs: TCC, Dr A.Lewis, GBRMPA, D.Silke, Townsville Tropical Tours, Billabong Sanctuary, and MI Sea Kayaks,
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