Indigenous Experiences

Steering Committee for TNQ First Nations Tourism Action Plan

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council developed the Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan through broad industry and stakeholder consultation across the State. The State-wide plan provides the framework for strong future for Indigenous tourism in Queensland.

The Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Experiences Cluster Group, a group of proactive Indigenous and non-Indigenous tourism operators and stakeholders, identified the need to expand on the excellent work of the State Plan to create a region-specific First Nations Tourism Action Plan for Tropical North Queensland (the Plan).

A Steering Committee was formed in May 2021 to oversee the development and implementation of the Plan. The Steering Committee has appointed a Project Coordinator to assist in consultations with the industry and key stakeholders. The project is currently underway.

Consultation Program

Consultation workshops seeking input into the Tropical North Queensland First Nations Tourism Action Plan are being held across the region to support the development of Indigenous tourism. We look forward to welcoming representatives from your community, organisations, and family groups. The consultation program workshops will run from May to July 2022. Refer below for the list of workshop consultation  locations, times with registration forms.

Feedback / Questions
We value your input, in preparation for the workshops please complete the stakeholder survey here. Feel free to email Kirsty Burchill if you have any questions or would like to share your comments this way.

Workshop Schedule and Registration


THURSDAY ISLAND – TUESDAY 3 MAY

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


BAMAGA – THURSDAY 5 MAY

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


WEIPA – TUESDAY 10 MAY

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


INNISFAIL – THURSDAY 12 MAY

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


LOCKHART RIVER – WEDNESDAY 25 MAY

9:00am – 12:00pm | One workshop for all stakeholders.  » Register here


MOSSMAN – FRIDAY 27 MAY

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


NORMANTON – TUESDAY 31 MAY

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


ATHERTON – THURSDAY 9 JUNE

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


YARRABAH – FRIDAY 10 JUNE

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


EDMONTON – MONDAY 13 JUNE

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


CAIRNS – TUESDAY 14 JUNE

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


LAURA – WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


COOKTOWN – WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here


COEN – TUESDAY 5 JULY

9:00am – 11:00am | Workshop for community stakeholders i.e., Land Council, Government, etc.  » Register here

12:30pm – 2:30pm | Workshop for community members, homelands, individual tour operators, etc.  » Register here

 

Acknowledgement:
The TNQ First Nations Tourism Plan is funded by the Queensland Government through the Year of Indigenous Tourism program, with support from Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

TNQ Indigenous Experiences Cluster Group

Tourism Tropical North Queensland facilitates the TNQ Indigenous Experiences Cluster Group where operators and stakeholders share knowledge and work together to build our Indigenous Experience offerings. The groups role, scope and guiding principles are here.  To be included in group emails please contact Russell Boswell at [email protected].

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