The NSW Government has announced plans for a new Destination Network, moving a large portion of the Arts OutWest region into a new Central NSW network.
The changes to the state’s Destination Networks, the NSW government says, are to “ensure the regional visitor economy is set up for continued success and receives more local resources and support.”
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western and Minister for Trade and Industry Sydney Stuart Ayres said the visitor economy was a critical industry for many regional NSW communities and growing visitation would play a key role in the state’s COVID-19 recovery.
“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic the regional visitor economy contributed $22.5 billion in tourism consumption and supported 99,600 direct jobs, over half the state’s visitor economy workforce,” Mr Ayres said.
Changes to the Destination Network structure include:
- A new Destination Network for Central West NSW to increase resources for well-established visitor destinations, including Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee [the network region does not include Lachlan, Parkes and Forbes LGAs]
- The relocation of Snowy Valley Local Government Area from Destination Riverina Murray to Destination Southern NSW
- Aligning Destination Sydney Surrounds North and Destination Sydney Surrounds South boundaries with Western Parkland City
The changes to Destination Network borders will take effect from 1 July 2022.