Business owners, community groups and interested coast residents met to discuss the future of events in the Tin Can Bay area mid March, and due to the in-depth conversation held it was decided to follow up with another meeting the following week.
Representatives from community organisations and business owners explored past events and their economic and tourist impact. While it was agreed that the social enjoyment of large events like carnivals and festivals were positive; the economic reach did not extend to a majority of businesses in the area.
Talk also included the Seafood Festival and other major events which were held during peak holiday times, meaning accommodation operators were actually being overwhelmed rather than assisted. Participants also conversed about the identity the area had, and if our events reflected that? Rising costs, volunteer hours and legal obligations were also discussed.
With those present all wanting to see the area move forward, encourage local spend and entice visitors to stay longer, especially in off-peak quiet times, it was also acknowledged that the solution was not a simple one and would need a whole town approach.
The Tin Can Bay Chamber is encouraging businesses, groups and individuals that missed the forum but would like to become involved to email details to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jess Milne on 0411 218 254.