TRC was invited to attend the Indonesia Australia Business Week trade mission in Indonesia last week.

TRC is very excited to welcome a new Consultant to the team. Emma Knezevic will be joining the company based in Canberra.

TRC is working with the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club (QMBC) on another trails related project in New Zealand.

Penny Spoelder and Janet Mackay took to the trails in Yarra Valley to help out the team at Yarra Ranges Council with sustainable governance and business models for the ongoing management of trails in the region.

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Sustainable Trails Conference to be held in the beautiful Alpine Village of Thredbo NSW.

Ray Salter and Penny Spoelder from TRC and Shane Vuletich from Fresh Info are working with key stakeholders in the Bay of Plenty to develop a Regional Level Visitor Sector Framework that will identify significant priorities to develop the visitor economy.

TRC has been contracted to complete a feasibility study on walking, cycling and equestrian trails in the Gore District in Southland, New Zealand. The study will identify feasible projects for inclusion in future works programs aimed at improving walking, cycling and riding infrastructure and opportunities in the Gore District. TRC Director Janet Mackay spent this week in Gore, to review the current situation, identify opportunities for new trails and provide advice on maximising those opportunities to provide direct health, safety and economic benefits to the community.


The feasibility study is part of a range of regional initiatives, including the Southland Cycling Strategy, which was also recently completed by TRC.

TRC have teamed with UDLA landscape architects and MCa economists to prepare a concept plan and feasibility analysis to assist the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation secure funding for the proposal to deliver new tourism opportunities in this outstanding part of the Pilbara.

TRC Director Janet Mackay and Charlotte Prouse from the Destination Marketing Store have been running a series of workshops in the Hamilton Waikato region.


Some workshops have been held with tourism operators to look at new ways of working together to strengthen the experiences offered to the market through partnerships and product bundling with other businesses.

The second round of workshops contribute to the development of  local Destination Action Plans. Local tourism industry people are mentored to define the actions they wish to take to reach their vision for the area. 

The TRC Team are always looking at examples of best practice around the world – and generally holidays become a chance to explore distant places to see what ideas we can pick up.

In November 2016 TRC completed a Business Case for the proposed interpretive and community service centre in Kawakawa. TRC were engaged by Northland Inc to prepare the business case for the proposed centre which will celebrate the life of Frederick Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist, architect and philosopher who spent many years in Northland before his death in 2000.

2016 PIA NT National Awards - Commendation for Planning Excellence – Best Planning Ideas, Large Projects. For guidelines for trail planning, design and management – Northern Territory Mountain Bike Master Plan.

TRC Senior Consultants Chris Rose and Penny Spoelder, along with economist Michael Connell of Michael Connell and Associates, were lucky enough to spend some time on the beautiful King Island and North West Coast of Tasmania recently, as part of a project for the Tasmanian Department of State Growth examining the supply and demand of tourist accommodation there.

Our Senior Consultant Penny Spoelder visited Roma, Queensland, last week to deliver two papers at the Australian Regional Tourism Network Convention 24/27 October 2016.

The Premier of Tasmania, Mr Will Hodgman, released Tasmania’s Visitor Engagement Strategy this week.

TRC’s Dave Bamford has been working on an interesting project for international space company Rocket Lab. The company has just opened the world’s first private orbital rocket launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsular.

Tourism Australia’s Domestic and International Visitor Survey results clearly demonstrate what many of us already know: cycling and walking are increasingly popular holiday activities.

TRC has partnered with dsb Landscape Architects and Locales to prepare a Concept Plan and Interpretation Strategy for Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary for the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust. The recently extended Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is nestled on the edge of the ACT’s expanding residential area and is one of Australia’s most outstanding examples of woodland biodiversity conservation.

The Northern Territory Government has recently released its Master Plan for mountain biking in the Northern Territory. The Plan was developed by TRC in partnership with EarthCheck and ediacara for Tourism NT and the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT.

TRC staff have been enjoying their fair share of island time lately, working on a number of island based projects over the last few months.

TRC has been contracted to develop a business case for mountain biking in Manawatu Gorge near Palmerston North on the North Island NZ. Manawatu Gorge offers a range of land and river based activities and attractions in a nationally significant biodiversity management site and scenic location.

The sponsorship of the Young Professionals Awards at the Sustainable Summits Conference were shared between Ben Armitage, Will Bamford, Karina Brennan and Nicola Whelan-Henderson.

TRC has been working with Sunshine Coast Council to recommend a framework for the Council’s inventory of nature based recreation opportunities.

Penny Spoelder and Chris Rose have been transported to Tasmania to undertake hard labour at the World Heritage Convict Sites for the Tasmanian Government. TRC is advising on management and governance options for Maria Island National Park’s unique assets.

TRC Associates Les Clark, Lisa Choegyal and Rabi Jung Pandey are currently travelling through remote Western Nepal consulting with local stakeholders and conducting regional workshops in order to prepare a Western Nepal Destination Plan for the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation.

TRC  is proud to be working with Venture Taranaki Trust and a range of industry and government partners to be preparing a Tourism Destination Strategy for the Taranaki Region (West Coast of the North Island). The plan will provide guidance on the markets for Taranaki to focus on, the right products to be growing and pursuing, and of course partnering with industry on its development and implementation.

The Tasmanian Visitor Experience Blueprint is an initiative arising from Industry and government’s commitment to the development of a Tasmanian Visitor Engagement Strategy as a key action of the Tasmanian Visitor Economy Strategy 2015-2020.

The Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Opportunities Plan has recently been completed by the TRC team. The plan covers seven District Councils and Hamilton City and identifies how the region can best be positioned to leverage growth in a range of markets. It identifies the hero experiences that have the pulling power to attract new and repeat visitors to the region and encourage dispersal.

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