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Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report



Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report

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Annual report 2003/2004; Alice Springs Town Council annual report


Alice Springs Town Council


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Alice Springs Town Council

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Alice Springs Town Council 2004/2005 Annual Report Page 10 1. ECONOMIC GOAL: A growing and dynamic economic base underpinning strong employment Ec o n o m ic cultural-exchange dollars alone. Council is looking forward to enjoying a vibrant relationship with Paghman with regular and increasing links between schools, cultural and sporting organisations, social clubs, professionals associations, business and governments. Council encourages all members of the community to use this relationship as an opportunity to learn more about the people of Paghman, and to gain a deeper appreciation of the rich and unique Afghan culture. The Alice Springs economy has traditionally been based around tourism and while it remains vitally important Council has identified the need to diversify this base to ensure a strong future for our town. In addition to proactively supporting the growth of existing industries, opportunities remain for economic diversification through the development of the arts, defence, mining, pastoralism and solar power. Council has been working hard towards furthering the development and promotion of Alice Springs as a Smart Town by supporting environmental, technological and innovative projects. 1.1 A More Diversified Economic Base Sister City Program In January 2005 Council explored the benefits of establishing a Sister City relationship. Council liaised with His Excellency Mahmoud Saiakal of Afghanistan to initiate the signing of a letter of intent which means that Alice Springs and the Afghan District of Paghman, located in the city of Kabul, will become Sister Cities. The benefits for local government in having a Sister City relationship includes a wide range of exchange activities including education, culture, sports, tourism, technology, economy and trade. His Excellency Mahmoud Saiakal considers this relationship could potentially translate to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in tourism and Deputy Mayor David Koch presents His Excellency Mahmoud Saiakal (L) with an Alice Springs gift in Canberra 1.2 A Vibrant Tourism Industry Tourism Grants Council has continued its commitment to work towards the maintenance and expansion of Central Australias tourism industry and in March 2005 approved nearly $50,000 in Tourism Grants for the development of tourism in Alice Springs. These annual grants are to assist incorporated organisations and individuals in the following ways: Promote the development of Indigenous cultural experience as a major tourism icon Actively promote and support local events Educate the community on the importance of tourism to the local economy Maintain and develop tourism alliances that will benefit the whole town The National Road Transport Hall of Fame used its grant towards the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the National Hall of Fame Museum, which saw over 10,000 tourists travel to Alice Springs for the event. Strengthening the Position of Alice Springs Tourism The Strengthening the Position of Alice Springs Tourism project was undertaken by the Northern Territory Tourist Commission and the Central Australian Tourism Industry Association (CATIA) to provide a stronger platform for the future marketing of the Territory. Councils Mayor, Fran Kilgariff and Director of Corporate and Community Services, Mark Blackburn participated on the Steering Committee that oversaw the project.