High hopes for tourism in Hepburn region

Minister for Tourism John Eren (L) travelled to Daylesford to discuss tourism in the region. He is pictured with Mary- Anne Thomas MP, Chris Malden, Wayne Cross, Patrick Baird, Alla Wolf Tasker, Judith Isherwood, Noel Harvey and Tess Brady.Picture: JULIE HOUGH MINISTER for Tourism John Eren visited Daylesford and Trentham on Thursday to discuss future opportunitiesandwork throughthe challenges facing the region.
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Mr Eren met with Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas and a group of key tourism operators to determine how to fill gaps in the system.

He said it was important to showcase the region to fellow Victorians.

“We really want to build on that intrastate tourism and help people discover their own backyard,” Mr Eren said.

“We know how important tourism is for the Daylesford region and we want to keep building on that.”

Skilling up residents and remaining vigilant with funding also remainchallenges for the region, he said.

But by listening, the government will “help overcome those hurdles”.

“There is a changing climate and we need to acknowledge and work with that,” Mr Eren said.

“People have big ideas for this region and we really need to take on board all of that information and help where we can.

“It’s really about giving our youth the skills to stay in the region and find work.”

Ms Thomas said she was glad Minister Eren had visitedDaylesford and Trentham.

“It is nice to see a commitment to our region and we will now work together for the future,” she said.

ButTourism Hepburn chairRobyne Head says she isdisappointed the group was not advised of the minister’s visit, until reading about it in the paper.

Ms Head said its members would have liked the opportunity to meet, even briefly, with Mr Eren.

“We find it particularly important to talk to him bsince the change ofgovernment and because thebudget is sotight,” she said.

“We would like an indication of what the region will get and they needto keep us informed.”

Ms Head said theTourism Hepburn board was made up of individuals on the ground, who often acted as the eyes and ears of the local happenings.

“Small business iscrucialto every small town so we look forward to meeting with the minister soon,” she said.

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