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Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007



Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007

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Parliamentary Record 17


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DEBATES Wednesday 17 October 2007 4886 As members of the Katherine Region Tourism Association, we are very disappointed with the section of your report concerning the recommendations pertaining to RTAs. We feel very strongly that we want to be represented by the KRTA, not a member organisation based in Darwin and definitely not government, as in Tourism Top End as outlined in Option 3. The first point we would like to make is that we think the report is flawed, based on the following: when quoting statistics that were used in decision-making or policy formulation, it is normal practice to quote the number of respondents to the survey questions so that the reader can gauge the accuracy of the data. It is also normal practice to include an attachment containing the questions asked so that readers can further check the validity of the data collected. I suspect that very low numbers of members of the RTAs responded to the survey and very few (key industry stakeholders) were consulted. On page 92, Total Revenue for the KRTA is actually near to $100 000 higher than quoted. Glaring errors such as this does not engender confidence in the accuracy of the rest of your data. The KRTA staff have done an excellent job of regional marketing because they live in the region and are passionate about it. Personnel based in Darwin will not have the some knowledge or passion. These traits are very important, especially when representing regions at consumer shows. Because there will still be a need to have employees based in the regions and their supervisor will need to regularly travel to Katherine there will be minimal cost savings. Aiding the development of new products is better coming from staff living and working in the region who have a greater appreciation of the gaps and regional tourism products. We are strongly opposed to the recommendations regarding RTAs and request access to the survey data collected. Yours truly, Brian and Stephanie Hill It is dated 16 October 2007. I believe that the minister has received a copy of that. The reason that I am putting these on record is because I believe, as these members have quoted in both their e-mails, this consultation is seriously flawed. The data is not available and it suggests to me that it is a deliberate attempt for an argument to have the funding for marketing from the Regional Tourism Association in Katherine - and I am speaking specifically for Katherine - taken from that area and moved to the Top End. I said in my response to the Tourism statement only last week, before this was highlighted, that I was really annoyed that the AEC consultation has been targeted specifically at disbanding the RTAs. I sincerely believe the effort is to absorb Tennant Creek into Alice Springs and Katherine into Darwin. The KRTA Executive in Katherine has met, and I know that they have met with the minister. They are pretty upset that they are not having their questions answered. Their questions are: Why can we not have access to the number of people who responded to the survey? Is it because of over 200 members of the Katherine Regional Tourism Association, a very small minority responded to the survey? Does that mean to say that, on the say so of those very few who did respond, a decision will be made that is going to have a pretty significant effect on the Katherine region? I ask the minister to ensure he gets that information from AEC because government did commission the consultant. It is really important to reassure the KRTA Executive. I do not know if Tennant Creek have followed this up at all, minister, but I know that the KRTA is very concerned about it, and so am I. I do not want to see the marketing for Katherine Regional Tourism Association moved out of the region for many reasons about which I spoke in response to your Tourism statement the other day and again today. It is of serious concern and I know that, unless they get those answers, they will really smell something bad. I do not want that to happen. There needs to be open consultation if Tourism NT wants to make some strategic changes, but please come down and talk to the people in Katherine, and please Mr Henderson: I was down there last week. Mrs MILLER: Yes, and I was not there; I was here. Pease talk to the people in Katherine, please listen to them, and please ensure that the