Greens welcome Tourism Inquiry

A parliamentary inquiry into the value and impacts of tourism for local across NSW is welcome and long overdue, says Jan Barham, Greens MP and spokesperson on Tourism.

“I have long believed that a thorough tourism inquiry is necessary to develop a clear understanding about the benefits and impacts of tourism across the state. This Parliamentary inquiry will provide communities, councils and businesses with the opportunity to present their views and ideas about how to ensure a sustainable and successful future for tourism in NSW,” Ms Barham said.

“Many regional communities look to tourism as an economic and employment opportunity, but sometimes aren’t aware of the investment in infrastructure and the potential impact on residents, such as holiday letting and van camping in residential areas.”

The inquiry, to be conducted by a standing committee of the NSW Upper House, was approved on Thursday and its terms of reference include investigating and reporting on:

  1. the value of tourism to New South Wales communities and the return on investment of
    government grants and funds,
  2. the value of tourism to regional, rural and coastal communities,
  3. the impacts of tourism on Local Government Areas, including:
    • infrastructure services provision and asset management,
    • social impacts,
    • unregulated tourism, and
    • employment opportunities,
  4. the marketing and regulation of tourism, and
  5. the utilisation of special rate variations to support local tourism initiatives.

For Further Comment, please contact Jan Barham directly on 0407 065 061