We work closely with Destination Gippsland and a range of industry, education, government, and community partners to identify opportunities to further leverage tourism as one of Gippsland’s regional strengths.
Building on Destination Gippsland’s recently completed Gippsland Destination Management Plan, LVA has funded a Tracks and Trails Feasibility Study and the Gippsland Regional Events Strategy both of which provide direction for our work in visitor economy.
LVA has provided funding to Destination Gippsland to assist with the establish the Events Gippsland as identified through the Gippsland Regional Events Strategy.
The Events Gippsland working committee includes the six local councils within Gippsland, as well as departmental representation from the Latrobe Valley Authority, Regional Development Victoria and Sport and Recreation Victoria.
The committee decide what events will be funded based on agreed assessment criteria like return on investment, how it builds community capacity, and how it promotes the region. Funding has been received from LVA and Regional Development Victoria with all event acquisition funding matched by local councils.
The collaboration aims to reduce direct competition between Councils, strategically acquire and develop events, coordinate and share resources, facilitate information sharing, and reduce costs through working together.
Gippsland tracks and trails
The Tracks and Trails feasibility study identified significant opportunities for the creation of iconic tracks and trails across Gippsland’s landscape, that will drive further visitation and economic prosperity for the region.
Destination Gippsland has been funded to further test, deliver, and coordinate a Gippsland approach to the development of this regional strength engaging all key stakeholders.
Destination Gippsland are also investigating how technology and tech fusion can provide a competitive advantage and value add to the tracks and trails network in Gippsland.
Design, Construct and Maintain Co
Destination Gippsland is developing a business model to create a purpose-built social enterprise to design, construct and maintain Gippsland’s vast network of tracks and trails.
The enterprise will provide employment for people often disadvantaged in the jobs sector and will earn income from both contract work and the Wayfairer Visitor Accommodation Platform.
Wayfarer Visitor Accommodation Platform
Destination Gippsland will pilot the Wayfarer Visitor Accommodation Platform between January and June 2022.
It’s a community-led alternative to current vacation rental platforms as a revenue raising opportunity to support the development of a world class trail network in Gippsland.
The proposed model utilises 50 per cent of the platform fee to fund local projects that guests visit–helping to attract major events, visitors and building resilient, sustainable and inclusive organisations.