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Tourism for Albury/Wodonga

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Parliament House, CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2600

January 11, 1974.


The Minister for Tourism and Recreation, Mr. Frank Stewart, today announced the engagement of P.A. Management Consultants to examine how tourism can be integrated with the planning for the growth of Albury/Wodonga. . ’

Mr. Stewart said the consultants had been asked to report by the end of June, 1974, on tourism strategies which might be used for the overall Government planning for Albury/Wodonga.

These strategies would include the cost of development and the extra employment involved.

The consultants would begin fielding investigations later this month.

These would· include surveys based on the knowledge of tourist operators, local businessmen, community and sporting groups.· Mr. Stewart said that the region for study would include all nearby tourist attractions likely to have an impact on the growth of Albury/Wodonga.

‘ When accepting Albury/Wodonga as Australia's first centre for accelerated growth, the Prime Minister had indicated that the economically viable growth of new cities could be supported by the development of tourism.

"Albury/Wodonga has already attracted a significant number of tourists, but the accelerated development of the area and population growth will further increase these opportunities", Mr. Stewart said. .

. "Existing community recreation facilities would alx s.o be included in the study.

"It is the Government's intention to assist in the provision of recreational facilities of a high standard and to encourage their use by the expanding population.

"To do this it :is necessary to make provision for these facilities in the initial planning", Mr. Stewart added.

January 11, 1974.