Regional Indigenous tourism
The project is working on developing a regional Indigenous tourism strategy for the deserts.
The Indigenous Consulting Group has been commissioned to develop a strategy and have conducted a series of consultations across the desert areas to identify the key issues and actions Indigenous groups want to do to develop and manage tourism on their lands. This feedback will go into the development of the strategy.
A regional strategy aims to:
- maximise the opportunities to increase revenue for Indigenous people and Indigenous land management organisations from tourism
- provide a roadmap and recommendations for activities to strengthen capacity and support the development of additional products aligned with organisations’ interests and capacity
- identify potential funding sources to assist with the implementation of the recommendations
- provide recommendations for the integration of permit systems and/or areas for new permit systems and possible desert tourism loops that will join up different products for high volume tourism
The development of the regional Indigenous tourism strategy for the project area is funded mainly by the Commonwealth Government under the Building Better Regions Fund with the project also contributing funds.
Development of tourism products
In addition to the strategy, the project is investing in the development of a number of tourism products. These include:
- tourism infrastructure on the Nyangumarta Highway inland from the Eighty Mile Beach in WA
- a digital app to support guide work by Indigenous rangers
- the development of the ‘last of the nomads’ as a tourism opportunity in central WA
- trialling of volunteer conservation tourism in Karajarri country in WA
Combined these new products and the implementation of the strategy (subject to resources) will increase the opportunities for diversified income streams to Indigenous land management organisations and traditional owners in the desert.