Action group to drive tourism in Cootamundra

ASSETS: Councillor Leigh Bowden said the Cootamundra Post Office is one of the assets which could help the town attract more tourists. Photo: Declan Rurenga
ASSETS: Councillor Leigh Bowden said the Cootamundra Post Office is one of the assets which could help the town attract more tourists. Photo: Declan Rurenga

People with ideas on how to attract tourists and visitors to Cootamundra are being invited to meeting of the Tourism Action Group.

The group will hold their first meeting since elections for Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council on Thursday.

Councillor Leigh Bowden is the delegate from council for the group.

“This is about re-invigorating the group to get something done,” Cr Bowden said.

As well as Cr Bowden – council staff will have a presence in the group to help guide ideas to becoming reality.

Cr Bowden said Cootamundra boasted great assets which could attract people to visit, including the Captain’s Walk, Bradman’s Birthplace, Pioneer Park and the former Ampol fuel depot.

There’s also The Arts Centre, Heritage Centre and Cootamundra West railway station as well as events like the picnic races, beach volleyball festival and touch carnival.

Cr Bowden said the group would be looking at ways to use those events to grow the town’s tourism trade, but it needed ideas from the community.

A similar group has worked in Gundagai to develop interpretive signage for the town’s heritage as well as working on rail trails and a monument to Yarri and Jacky Jacky who helped save people during a flood in 1852.

Cr Bowden said Miriam Crane from Gundagai would share her experience of working with that committee in Cootamundra.

Cr Bowden said the meeting was open to “absolutely everybody” to share ideas and hoped a committee could be formed from a good cross-section of the community.

THE DETAILS

  • Cootamundra Tourism Action Group meeting
  • Thursday, February 15 from 4pm
  • Stephen Ward Room, Cootamundra Library

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