Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Tourism summit-member discount

Destination Southern Tasmania (DST) is soon to hold its annual tourism summit and is offering its Member price to AMaGAT Members. If you have been thinking about how to attract tourists to your place we encourage you to consider attending and taking advantage of this generous offer. It will give you some BIG picture thinking.

8.30am to 5.30pm
Tuesday 6 August 2019
Blundstone Arena (Bellerive)
Cost: Members* $245 per person.
Non-members tickets are $275 per person.

Anyone wanting to claim the member prices should select the “member” ticket option giving their AMaGA membership number and the museum they represent.

Who is Destination Southern Tasmania? 

DST is the regional tourism organisation for Tasmania’s southern region. Incorporating 11 Council Partners, Industry Membership and a partnership with Tourism Tasmania, DST is focussed on increasing visitation, increasing yield and increasing regional dispersal. It works within the policy framework set by the Department of State Growth and its suite of initiatives to grow tourism including developing the links between culture and destination appeal.

Check out these two documents:

Why would you attend this summit?

The theme of this year's summit is very much aligned with the essence of museums; both small and large; whether a gallery, museum, history room, historic house or place. The theme is about thinking and talking about connecting: with place, with communities, with stories and with each other. Its rationale feeds into the sustainability of any business or endeavour..."the most successful businesses, and the businesses that will survive hardship are inclusive, collaborative and connected".  Attendance will give you the opportunity to step outside your museum connections into a related and important area of growth.

A great program

The full Summit program can be found here. It offers a diverse and engaging range of practical sessions that can speak to organisations across the state including:

  • Scott Rankin, Creative Director and CEO, Big hART and 2018 Tasmanian Australian of the Year
  • Todd Babiak, CEO, Brand Tasmania
  • Rebecca Summers, Senior Events Producer, Business Chicks
  • Bill Forrester, Co-founder Travability Travel
  • John Fitzgerald, CEO, Tourism Tasmania
  • Bill Lark, Godfather of Tasmanian Whisky
  • Giles Fisher, Freycinet Marine Farm
  • Dewayne Everettsmith, Cultural Awareness Coordinator, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
The booking link can be clicked through from here

You may wish to showcase your business through the Partnership Opportunities

The Summit presents an opportunity to showcase your business to the southern Tasmanian tourism industry. DST is looking for partnerships and collaborative opportunities in the form of speaker gifts, session sponsors, accommodation partners, trade displays and more. If you are interested in exploring these opportunities, have a look at its partnership prospectus HERE, email Natalie, or give the office a call on 6223 5650.

Friday, 5 July 2019

NAIDOC Week 7-14 July 2019

Image: Artwork entitled Awaken by Charmaine Mumbulla
Available to be downloaded and coloured in at
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2019 is VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.

Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.  The Uluru Statement built on generations of consultation and discussions among Indigenous people on a range of issues and grievances. Consultations about the further reforms necessary to secure and underpin our rights and to ensure they can be exercised and enjoyed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It specifically sequenced a set of reforms: first, a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and second, a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty processes and truth-telling. (Makarrata is a word from the language of the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land. The Yolngu concept of Makarrata captures the idea of two parties coming together after a struggle, healing the divisions of the past. It is about acknowledging that something has been done wrong, and it seeks to make things right.) 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want their voice to be heard as part of an enhanced role in decision-making in Australia’s democracy. A genuinely shared future.

Events listed for Tasmania 
A panel of inspiring speakers addressing Tasmanian issues of Voice Treaty Truth. 

Hobart Tuesday 9 July from 17:30 to 19:30

Launceston Monday 8 July from 17:30 to 19:30

NAIDOC Flag Raising Morning Tea in Devonport on Monday 8 July from 11am.  Email

2019 is also being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, emphasising that it’s time for Indigenous knowledge to be heard through local voices.

Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week here. And more about the week itself here.

To note: AMaGAT Cultural Competence Workshop postponed

Due to the unavailability of key people and to complete its consultation process AMaGAT has decided to push the date for this workshop back from the 22 July to later in the year. As this is the first of a series of workshops, we are doing our best to get the purpose, timing, content, and outcomes right for all participants.  For those of you that made a diary date well done! Watch out for the new date/time for the workshop planned for Burnie. 

Drop us a line at if you would like to know more about the workshop or keep watching this blog and our AMaGAT facebook page.