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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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1 December 2005
Townsville: Fostering Partnershipsand Opportunities in Ecotourism
Cr. Ann Bunnell
Deputy Mayor - Townsville City Council
(paper by Ann Bunnell & Greg Bruce)
Our area has coastal mountains, wetlands and a diverse marine environment consisting of fringing coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass gardens, and islands.
Monsoonal-influenced tropical savannas and wetlands at Mt Stuart and the Townsville Town Common Conservation Park
"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 undertaken to promote ecotourism in our region, commencing with the development of a community-based “Townsville Ecotourism Strategy” - progressively implemented.
The Townsville Ecotourism Strategy builds on the recommended roles of local government in facilitating Ecotourism opportunities as specified in the Queensland Ecotourism Plan and provides a response relevant for the Townsville municipality and community.
Townsville Regional Natural Assets Database and
State of Environment Report 2003
Emerging from the progression of the Ecotourism Strategy are three themes that help to encapsulate this rationale:
(2005 Tourism Futures Conference – Gold Coast)
- fostering regional cooperation and partnerships
Future initiatives include exploring Green Globe certification, encouraging Ecotourism Accreditation and becoming a network cluster of the emerging Centre of Excellence in Tropical Design (Sustainability & Innovation).
Conservation Volunteers Australia Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is a national, not-for-profit community-based organisation. CVA operates volunteer and Ecotour experiences in Australia and overseas through conservation initiatives and projects.
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,
Presentation and Paper will be available on web site: