A “Farmers Trail” of cheese, wine and local produce was just one initiative workshopped at last week’s “Focus on Narooma” session.
Focus on Narooma participants Judy Glover and Mike developed the concept of a glossy fold out map that would take tourists and locals alike on cheese, wine and produce journey throughout the Narooma district.
“Spotted throughout our gorgeous landscape are an eclectic array of innovative wineries, specialty food producers, cheese making ventures and local oyster farms… a map with scenic drives linking each of these attractions and perhaps some local walks scattered in-between would be a wonderful attraction for our tourists,” Judy said.
Other participants Paul Dixon, Libby Burbidge, Maree Bromage and Cherene Stokes workshopped the idea of an “events team” made up of local semi-retired residents who have a wealth of event management experience.
The team would encourage more events to the region and ensure their integration into the whole community.
“Events have the potential to be not only community building but also a great way to put our town on the map and encourage increased tourism return,” said one the team.
Meanwhile Narooma Chamber of Commerce and Tourism president Orit Karney Winters, guest participant Wally, Michael Turner and Chris Spurgeon scoped out the beginnings of a strategic approach to diversifying the base of industries that make up the Narooma economy.
“Many people who grow up here move away to the city to develop their careers, let’s invite them to come back, bring their profession with them and escape the rat race!” the group said.
Once again the group enjoyed nutritious refreshments with thanks to Club Narooma.
Find out more at the “Focus on Narooma” Facebook page and www.narooma.org
A giant sign and big Christmas whale decorations
HOT on the heels of the small business election debate, the Narooma Chamber of Commerce and the NSW Business Chamber are again collaborating but this time it’s not the candidates coming to town but a giant truck-mounted sign.
The “Sky Board” that reaches four stories high unfolds from the back of semi-trailer and proclaims the NSW chamber’s campaign slogan “Small Business Too Big to Ignore”.
The challenge was now to find somewhere to park the truck for a morning when it arrives next month on its tour of the region.
The Sky Board will be at the Narooma Visitor Centre car park on the Princes Highway in Narooma at 7.30am on Thursday, September 5.
Meanwhile, the chamber’s Christmas decoration project down at the Narooma Men’s Shed is now well underway.
Volunteers have been working on first of what could be as many as 10 large wooden and painted whales complete with Christmas hat as designed by local student Georgia Poyner.
The idea is that local businesses in November would order a whale with the proceeds going to the Rotary Club and the Men’s Shed.