Kim Hewson, Principal at Economic Transitions will present on the development of strategies for sustainable tourism

Kim Hewson, Principal at Economic Transitions will present on developing strategies for sustainable tourism at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held in Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

Kim Hewson

Kim Hewson

Speaker Introduction:  Kim Hewson has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, including positions as General Manager of hotels in Perth, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for an international hotel chain leading their global offices, and director of Australian and New Zealand markets with various hospitality and tourism products.  With experience in a number of regional and international locations, Kim has a solid understanding of the global environment and the diversified requirements of tourists.

Kim graduated from the University of Western Australia with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). With an interest in sustainable tourism, Kim completed her thesis on, ‘A Strategic Analysis of the Key Success Factors of Developing a Sustainable Tourism Resort in a Remote Location – Cocos (Keeling) Islands’.  Keen to continue her research in the sustainability of regional and remote locations through the implementation of tourism strategies, Kim was accepted through the Curtin Sustainable Tourism Centre at Curtin University in 2011 for research in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  Her current research focuses on the economic diversification of regional mining communities, and is titled, ‘The Development of Sustainable Tourism as an Economic Alternative to Supplement Mining Based Regional Economies – Kalgoorlie, Western Australia’.

Since commencing Economic Transitions in 2011, Kim has focused on the development of sustainable tourism as an alternative for economic growth in regional Australia.

Presentation Title: Development of a Strategy for Sustainable Tourism – Shire of Leonora, North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia

Overview: Mining in the Goldfields of Western Australia has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few decades. Many shires and towns have survived on a mono-economy which ultimately matures in parallel with the mining lifecycle. However, the mining lifecycle is dependent on a number of variables which makes the market both volatile and capricious. The Shire of Leonora (Shire), a remote outback town in the North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, is one such town. Recognising that its longer term sustainability required economic diversification, the Shire undertook the development of a tourism strategy which would have the potential to provide commercial multiplicity and social value.

This paper aims to provide economic and tourism developers in regional centres an outline of the process undertaken in developing a working tourism strategy with the Shire of Leonora, and to illustrate the importance of stakeholder engagement and community participation in developing a working strategy.

The contents of the paper will include the geographical, economic and social overview of the Shire of Leonora; identify the outcomes required by the Shire; apply models and tools in developing the strategy to ensure practicable outcomes; identify the carrying capacity of the Shire for the tourism sector; consider the processes established to ensure community participation in recognising current and potential tourist attractions in the Shire; identify future tourism potential through project development categorised into short, medium and long term projects; and the importance of risk analysis in project development.

The conclusions of the paper will assess the completion of the tourism strategy, post submission endorsement by Council, project commencement and funding, and where are they now.

About the Conference
The Australian Regional Development Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. The 2015 theme is “Redefining the Future of Regional Australia”, it will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future.

Concurrent streams will focus on the following topics:

  • Sustainability / Renewables
  • Population Movements
  • Community Development
  • Government Policy
  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

To view and/or download the Conference program, please click here.  For information on registration or to book your delegate pass, visit the website here.

Coalition focuses on finalising Inland Rail plans

    28th Aug 2013 12:30 AM

ABOUT $300 million will be poured into getting the long-awaited Inland Rail project connecting Brisbane to Melbourne via Toowoomba off the ground if the Coalition wins the Federal Election.

Nationals’ leader and Shadow Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss will announce on Wednesday his party’s focus on finalising the rail line plans and buying properties along the rail corridor.

Properties to be initially targeted fall between Rosewood, near Ipswich, and Kagaru, near Jimboomba, which is on the existing national rail network.

A completed inland rail line would eventually link the Port of Brisbane to Melbourne via the Darling Downs and would separate freight and passenger train lines near Ipswich.

Full story – click here

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on infrastructure and regional development . It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: [email protected] URL:

Councils finalise funding with Regional Development Australia

THE Port Lincoln City Council has committed to a new three-year funding agreement with Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.

The Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association has been negotiating a new agreement with the RDA since the previous agreement ended in June.

The agreement has now been finalised and the Port Lincoln council voted last week to endorse it.

The council will contribute $55,643 this financial year, with minimal increases each year for the rest of the agreement.

Under the agreement the proposed contributions from other member councils would be: Lower Eyre Peninsula $22,424, Tumby Bay $19,517, Ceduna $22,424, Franklin Harbour $14,119, Kimba $14,119, Cleve $17,768, Streaky Bay $17,768, Elliston $14,119, Wudinna, $14,119 and Whyalla $134,406.

Full story – click here Thursday 29th August 2013, Port Lincoln Times

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc. is part of a national network of 55 regional development agencies which was established as part of a national initiative in 2009.

Regional Development funding will be discussed at the upcoming Australian Regional Development Conference 2014.

The benefits of this regional collaboration and partnership between all three levels of government – local, state and federal will be discussed at the conference with keynote presentations on initiatives and funding.

We are seeking presentations on models of collaboration for Regional Development at the Australian Regional Development Conference.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

If you you would like to speak at the The Australian Regional Development Conference please go to the conference website to submit your paper or contact the conference secretariat. 

Regional Development Australia: The Conference  15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL: