Lobbyists want to run our tourism

THE largely council-funded tour- ism lobby group Tweed Tourism wants to run both tourism promotion and economic development services for the shire.

The group has tendered for both roles offered by new council contracts drawn up after councillors earlier this year were told the current system of funding Tweed

Tourism and the Tweed Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) without first seeking tenders is probably illegal.

Councillors are due to make a decision on which of five tenderers to choose in just over a fortnight.

In an email to Tweed Tourism members, chairman Cameron

Arnold said his team had been “working on presenting professional, thorough and hopefully successful” tenders. His organisation runs the Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah Visitor Centres, staffed by volunteers whose roles could depend on the successful tenderer.

Mr Cameron revealed the group's board had decided to tender for the tourism services in one submission and for all services that were up for grabs in a second submission.

TEDC chief executive Tom Senti said his directors had decided not to comment on that group's tender.



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