Denmark tourism body and locals want a longer lease for town visitor centre
Denmark Tourism Incorporated is negotiating with the Shire of Denmark to get a longer lease on the town’s visitor centre.
At the Shire’s council meeting on October 20, councillors approved an eight-month lease for DTI to run from November 1 until June 30, 2021.
However, DTI and residents expressed concerns about the length of the approved lease.
Shire chief executive David Schober confirmed Shire staff, councillors and DTI held a meeting last week to discuss the matter.
“We want to continue to work through a collaborative relationship,” he said.
“Everybody involved agreed a longer term view on tourism is needed. A band-aid fix solution would just impede that.”
The Shire is now considering the development of a 12-month tourism strategy to guide the council.
During public question time at last month’s council meeting, DTI member Petra Thompson expressed her disappointment.
“Denmark Tourism Inc would need a longer lease term in order to access any external funding,” she said.
Community member Liz Jack agreed, saying DTI “needed a longer lease term if they were to realise their opportunities”.
Once the visitor centre is reopened, DTI wants to operate under a similar model to that used at the centre before it transitioned to Amazing South Coast.
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