Rutherglen Destination Management Plan

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About this project

We are developing a Destination Management Plan (DMP) for Rutherglen and its surrounds (including Wahgunyah, Brimin, Gooramadda, Norong) to help target delivery of programs to grow the Visitor Economy and guide investment.

In developing the plan, we'll also explore what barriers to growth might exist and seek to identify ways in which they might be resolved. 

The Rutherglen Destination Management Plan will function as a living document, to be used as a reference tool to further develop the Rutherglen visitor economy and respond to market changes.

Project objectives

  1. Conduct a situation analysis of the existing tourism environment, articulating the current visitor markets and their perceptions of the region, the area’s competitive advantages and lead products and experiences that provide these, an evaluation of the effectiveness of current marketing, a review of how tourism management is undertaken and what is limiting its effectiveness
  2. From the situation analysis, identify a concise set of strategic issues and opportunities for the DMP to respond to
  3. Establish an overarching strategic Destination Management Framework that encapsulates the key platforms for the destination management plan, such as vision, brand articulation, target markets
  4. Identify strategies to direct the sustainable growth of tourism in the local area
  5. Develop an Implementation Action Plan that provides specific, tangible actions to deliver the strategic directions

Project timeline

Project inception

  • Engage Consultant - Complete
  • Confirm project delivery schedule- Complete

Phase 1 - Destination Performance Research

  • Review available planning documents relating to destination management in the local area - Complete
  • Review available visitor data, forecasts, visitor research, major attraction data and event visitation data - Complete
  • Review existing marketing campaigns and collateral - Complete
  • Fieldwork to undertake one on one stakeholder/community consultion to explore issues and opportunities, visit attractions and undertake stakeholder workshops - From mid July
  • Communicate schedule of engagements and workshops with stakeholders - August

Phase 2 - Strategic issues, opportunities and directions

  • Undertake a tourism product and experience gap analysis for the local area, based on the unmet needs of the target markets, and identify relative degree of gap for each unmet need
  • Prepare Draft Situation Analysis Report
  • Project Control Group review Draft Situation Analysis Report and prepare feedback suggesting any critical amendments needed prior to wider stakeholder review
  • Revision of Draft Situation Analysis to Consultation Draft 
  • Distribution of Situation Analysis to tourism stakeholders
  • Stakeholder workshop(s) to present and discuss the Situation Analysis, prioritise the issues and prepare responses to them
  • Project Control Group meeting to discuss results of workshops, and agree on strategic directions and their prioritisation
  • Indigo Shire Council and Winemakers of Rutherglen adopt the Situation Analysis

Phase 3 - Destination Management Plan

  • Prepare Preliminary Destination Management Plan
  • Project Control Group to review Preliminary Destination Management Plan and prepare feedback
  • Revision of Preliminary Destination Management Plan to draft plan
  • Distribute Destination Management Plan Draft to tourism stakeholders
  • Stakeholder workshop(s) to present and discuss the Destination Management Plan Draft, and gain feedback on how to refine it to maximise its successful implementation
  • Project Control Group meeting to discuss results of workshops, and agree on amendments to finalise the Destination Management Plan 
  • Revise the Destination Management Plan Draft to reflect agreed amendments
  • Indigo Shire Council and Winemakers of Rutherglen adopt the Rutherglen Destination Management Plan 

Consultation opportunities will be posted to the Have Your Say section of our website, as well as included in our Weekly Update and Rutherglen Weekly.

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