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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly


MEDIA RELEASE - President Advocates Regional Status for Macarthur as a Tourist Destination

May 28, 2007

MACROC President, Cr Rob Elliott, has told the Minister for Tourism that he believes that Macarthur is being disadvantaged because it is not promoted as a separate tourism region.
“The inclusion of the Macarthur region into the Sydney tourism zone significantly dilutes Macarthur’s standing as a tourism destination in its own right.  With the improved road access from the Sydney CBD provided by the M5 and from the north of Sydney provided by the M7, the regional attractions of Macarthur are readily accessible to a state, national and international audience, “says Cr Elliott.

“Regional attractions such as the Thirlmere Railway Museum, Mt Annan Botanic Garden and the Campbelltown Arts Centre, together with a multitude of other attractions, including heritage walks, hot air ballooning, gliding, abseiling and bushwalking, together with a range of accommodation styles, make the Macarthur region a quite unique and distinct tourist destination experience”.

“Our Macarthur tourism officers are strongly committed to promoting Macarthur as a highly desirable and accessible tourist destination,” says Cr Elliott “and MACROC strongly supports their efforts.”
“MACROC is committed to achieving positive economic development outcomes for the region and tourism is an industry that has enormous potential for growth in the Macarthur”, says Cr Elliott.

“To this end, on behalf of the MACROC Board, I have written to the Minister for Tourism, The Hon. Matt Brown, urging him to give serious consideration to the issue and I am hoping to meet with him to discuss the issue, ”says Cr Elliott.

Media Contact: 
Cr Rob Elliott
President, MACROC
Mobile: 0407191452