The 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards took place last Friday and we were thrilled to learn that three of our outstanding member businesses – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Broadwater Resort, and Tree Chalets – brought home awards this year. Congratulations to all finalists and winners on their fantastic achievements.
Last week myself and our Chair, Stuart Hicks, met with Dunsborough community leaders, City of Busselton Councillor Kate Cox, and the Hon. Jackie Jarvis MLC to discuss future planning for the Dunsborough town centre. Plans for the development of Dunsborough are at a critical junction, and we are urging the WA Planning Commission and Planning Minister to endorse the Precinct Structure Plan and related Amendment 52. This will see the building height limit reduced from 6 storeys to 3 in Dunsborough’s town centre, and Dunsborough’s village atmosphere retained.
Both this meeting and our meeting earlier last week with Karri Karrak Aboriginal Corporation served to remind us of the importance of working closely with our partners to ensure that tourism in this region benefits this place and its people, both in the short-term and in generations to come.
Meanwhile, our focus on addressing the region’s staffing shortages continues as we assist members to learn how they can recruit workers for seasonal jobs and longer-term roles through the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme.
As part of this process, we wish to gather the latest data from members on staffing needs in the region. We would appreciate any information you can provide on your current vacancies via this short survey.
Image: Broadwater Resort and Tree Chalets were among those awarded at the 2022 Australian Tourism Awards
Industry News & Advocacy Updates
Dunsborough Town Centre Planning
MRBTA has met with Dunsborough community leaders, CoB Cr Kate Cox and the Hon. Jackie Jarvis MLC to discuss our mutual support of the Dunsborough Precinct Structure Plan and Amendment 52.It was discussed that a reduction of the height limit from 6 storeys to 3, and a low-density development plan in Dunsborough’s town centre, will help ensure that Dunsborough’s appeal as a seaside holiday town is retained and small business will continue to prosper.
PALM Scheme Online Information Session
Through the PALM scheme, eligible businesses can recruit workers for seasonal jobs for up to 9 months or longer-term roles of between one and 4 years.
These positions can include:
If you would like to learn about how your business can access the scheme, register for a free information session with SW Labour Solutions on Wednesday 22 March, from 10-11am.
Australian Tourism Awards
Congratulations to our fantastic members who won medals at the Australian Tourism Awards last Friday.
We commend the professionalism and dedication of all finalists and winners this year.
2022/23 Cruise Season Update
Together with our members and the City of Busselton, we have supported 7 successful cruise ship arrivals so far this season, with positive feedback received from passenger surveys.
Before the season finishes next month, Busselton will welcome 4 major cruise ships across the Cunard, Princess & P&O fleets, with a potential for over 10,000 passengers and over 4,000 crew.
If you are interested in learning how your business can work with the cruise industry, please contact the Membership Team.
Further opportunities include vacancies for local tour guides to help host passengers onboard the coach tours, and vacancies for new cruise volunteers.
Adventure Sailing has added some exciting bookable products to their offering, including full day and sunset sailing experiences in a historic replica Couta boat.
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