Tourism and Visitors

Principles

The Greens NSW believe that:

1. Tourism is an important service industry and provides a valuable opportunity to protect and enhance our natural and cultural heritage, while providing jobs and having a positive impact on the economy.

2. The ecological sustainability of the tourism industry should be maximised and the impacts of tourism on the natural environment and cultural heritage should be appropriately managed.

3. The needs of the tourism industry must be balanced with the needs and wellbeing of the communities in which tourism businesses operate.

4. Tourism is an important contributor to the State’s economy and employment.

Aims

The Greens NSW will work towards:

5. Improving community participation in decision making by:

5.1. Ensuring public participation occurs in tourism planning and decision making at local, regional and state levels, including with regard to transport and land zoning.

5.2. Ensuring appropriate levels of public participation are included in the assessment of Development Applications for tourism businesses that seek to operate on environmentally sensitive land.

6. Improving mechanisms that regulate the tourism industry, including:

6.1. Ensuring appropriate levels of assessment of public consultation of development applications.

6.2. Establishing and conducting regular audits of the approval conditions of tourism businesses.

6.3. Monitoring and implementing compliance actions in relation to residential dwellings used for tourism purposes.

6.4. Ensuring that people are employed legally and with appropriate rates of pay, including penalty rates.

6.5. Encouraging and promoting the accreditation of key tourism sectors, including environmental and cultural tourism operators.

6.6. Encouraging accurate marketing and promotion of visitor experiences and ensuring that customers are protected.

7. Protecting the environmental and cultural value of public lands from the potential impacts of tourism by:

7.1. Ensuring there is adequate funding to support the maintenance of natural and cultural values, and ensuring businesses and visitors make appropriate contributions.

7.2. Requiring Plans of Management and strategies to identify the ecologically sustainable management of tourism and recreational activities, including where necessary annual caps on visitation.

7.3. Placing a moratorium on further building and accommodation within National Parks.

7.4. Preventing tourism activities that would contribute to environmental degradation within National Parks.

7.5. Ensuring public reserves, including beaches, are not encroached upon by private interests thereby excluding the public.

7.6. Banning commercial tourism in Wilderness areas.

8. Protecting the environmental and cultural value of private lands from the potential impacts of tourism by:

8.1. Ensuring Development Applications for tourism uses are adequate to ensure assessment of the sustainability of the natural environment and, where necessary, include a Social Impact Statement, e.g., for festivals.

8.2. Ensuring owners of tourism businesses that operate on private land make appropriate contributions to assist in the maintenance of environmental assets on that land and the management of the impacts of the business on the local area.

8.3. Encouraging private landholders to undertake Voluntary Conservation Agreements where they participate in tourism ventures on that land, as a mechanism to conserve and protect endangered species and ecosystems that would otherwise have little or no protection.

8.4. Ensuring adequate education is provided for tourists about the Aboriginal cultural values and the ecological significance of the area they are visiting.

8.5. Ensuring transport options available in tourist destinations are sustainable.

8.6. Encouraging sustainable transport options for tourism, including the support of high-speed rail between Sydney and Melbourne to reduce air travel.

9. Ensuring respect for and consideration of the host community when developing tourism zones or approving tourism development by:

9.1. Ensuring Social Impact Assessments are undertaken to assess potential impacts and measures to ameliorate those impacts.

9.2. Ensuring adequate funding and support for tourism areas and communities, including for the maintenance and refurbishment of public facilities.

10. Promoting culturally appropriate Aboriginal tourism by:

10.1. Ensuring the Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan is implemented with adequate funding and is updated periodically.

10.2. Implementing a mandatory accreditation system that ensures the integrity of any tourism that promotes Aboriginal cultural heritage and provides for Aboriginal peoples’ involvement in the tourism sector.

10.3. Promoting cultural awareness training for employees.

11. Ensuring public safety by:

11.1. Ensuring recreational hunting does not take place in National Parks, state forests and other public land.

11.2. Implementing measures to protect the public from the negative impacts of the overconsumption of alcohol associated with tourism.

11.3. Excluding off-road vehicles from foreshores and National Parks, except on formal roads and in car parks, unless required by park workers, fire protection agents and/or safety personnel such as rescue teams.

11.4. Supporting funding for local government to implement safe community planning and implementation of quality lighting, landscaping and transport.

12. Providing greater support for rural and regional tourism by encouraging:

12.1. Appropriately located and regulated ecotourism.

12.2. Arts and cultural tourism.

12.3. Wellness tourism.

12.4. Accessible tourism for people with disabilities, older people and the general community.

12.5. Sports and healthy lifestyle tourism.

12.6. Farm tourism.

12.7. the development of integrated tourism plans to ensure that the community benefits from the infrastructure and services that are provided.

13. Supporting local governments in taking advantage of and managing the impacts of tourism, including by:

13.1. Ensuring councils that are impacted by significant increases in visitor numbers are able to apply for the Special Rate Variation to address additional impacts on local infrastructure from visitation.

13.2. Encouraging councils that have high levels of tourism to develop Destination Management Plans.

13.3. Encouraging the Australian Bureau of Statistics to undertake the collection of population data during peak tourism periods.

13.4. Ensuring that the Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants are reviewed to take into account peak tourism populations when assessing funding for infrastructure and service management.

13.5. Ensuring that the NSW government establishes an identified fund under Infrastructure NSW to provide councils with a funding opportunity to support visitor-related infrastructure.

13.6. Ensuring that the NSW government provides funding for visitor-bus or other suitable transport services for tourism destinations with peak-related traffic congestion.

13.7. Ensuring that the NSW government recognises the need for visitor safety and contributes financially for the adequate provision of surf lifesaving and other safety services on land under its management.