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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
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Mr SNOW(10.33) —Earlier this evening the honourable member for Canberra (Mrs Kelly) brought forward the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Australian Capital Territory on the hospitality inquiry. I was delighted that the report gave full credence to the fact that Canberra's hospitality industry had become a regional problem. I was delighted that the Committee was able to accept a regional input not only from me as a member of the inquiry but also from many organisations throughout the electorate, including local government and other planning organisations. There was a recognition of the need for a broader approach to tourism by the inquiry and it became quite clear as the inquiry went on that Canberra needed to link itself even further with tourism throughout the region.

At the moment there are very strong links between Canberra and Snowy Mountains tourist organisations and the Goulburn tourist organisation to ensure that tourists who come to the area take maximum advantage of the beautiful south-eastern region of New South Wales. It was made very clear that there was a real need for the Canberra tourist authority to think not just of inviting people here for a day or even two days but also of establishing alternative packages of one, two or three days, or perhaps a week, in the area. To do that it will need to link not only with the Snowy Mountains but also with the south coast of New South Wales. It will need to link with some of the heritage areas of south-eastern New South Wales.

Mr Tim Fischer —Tumbarumba.

Mr SNOW —Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Tumbarumba, as the honourable member for Farrer said, Goulburn, Braidwood-all these areas have great heritage value. Combined with the tourist potential of the south coast and the Snowy Mountains, I believe that Canberra, with that sort of package, can be a great attraction to the increasing numbers of overseas tourists who are coming to Australia and taking full advantage not only of the present value of the dollar but also of the fact that Australia is a secure country to visit.

The south coast of New South Wales is already being used by many people who go to the Snowy Mountains in the winter. If there is a bad day up there and they prefer to go somewhere else, it takes only an hour or two to visit the far south coast. Similarly, quite often people who visit the south coast in the summer and who would like to go somewhere else on a wet day find that it is not very far for them to go to the Snowy Mountains area, where in January there are beautiful wild flowers, some delightful walks and plenty of things to do. I am delighted that the inquiry has recommended further linkages of tourist organisations throughout the region. Not only has it done that; it has also made recommendations on the links to those tourist facilities. For instance, the link between Canberra and Tumut, the link between Canberra and Adaminaby and the link between Braidwood and Nowra are roads that we ought to think of developing so that we can give broader scope to people who are on tour. Only a year or so ago, before the start of this inquiry, the area manager of the Pioneer group of coaches said that he would much prefer to take people into the Snowy Mountains one way and bring them back another. At the moment that is difficult from Canberra. At the moment people have to be taken along the Monaro Highway and brought back that way.

The report also mentioned the need for the development of technical and further education. Certainly, TAFE in Canberra is a very important link between Canberra and the region. There is agreement that Canberra and the region be linked in the training of young people. I congratulate the Committee on its report and am pleased to have shared in it. I particularly thank those regional organisations which contributed.

Madam SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member's time has expired.