The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) has realised that the benefits of geotourism development in regional Australia are many and can be realised through the holistic approach of geotourism which enhances the value of traditionally structured, nature-based tourism by generating new products (i.e., inclusive of geology, landscape, flora and fauna, as well as cultural heritage attributes, both Aboriginal and post European settlement).
Employment benefits arising from geotourism activity have the potential to significantly improve Aboriginal employment, and more broadly, regional employment. These include:
- New domestic employment and consulting opportunities for natural/cultural heritage professionals.
- Management roles in geoparks and mining parks, regional development, and local government agencies.
- Flow-on employment in tour operations and townships resulting from increased tourism visitation.
- Societal benefits for local communities, also include a mechanism for celebrating and raising awareness of mining heritage, past and present.
This action agenda will provide an opportunity to examine the AGC’s National Geotourism Strategy with its seven strategic goals provides a framework within which new projects aimed at reinvigorating regional tourism can be developed.