14 October 2020

Postcards from the Eurobodalla

| Sharon Kelley
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Man with kids fishing on wharf.

Sending a virtual postcard can increase tourism numbers to the NSW South Coast. Photo: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council has launched a virtual postcard campaign (vPostcard), which local residents can use to encourage family and friends to visit.

The postcards showcase some of the shire residents’ favourite places and businesses, and people in the Eurobodalla will be able to submit their own photographs to grow the collection during the next year.

Eurobodalla Shire Council will be holding monthly competitions to encourage residents and businesses to photograph and submit their favourite places, with the first competition prize being 10 spots on a Montague Island snorkelling and whale tour from Narooma Charters worth $950.

Eurobodalla vPostcard of whale and lighthouse.

Residents in the Eurobodalla Shire can win a snorkelling and whale watching package. Photo: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s tourism manager, Tim Booth, said shire residents are again thinking about visits from loved ones following COVID-19 restrictions.

“While we’re still waiting for some borders to open, the vPostcards are a great way to spark some holiday fun, both now and in the future,” he said.

“The vPostcard platform is easy to use and already features 36 of the shire’s best loved attractions and activities. Just choose your favourite, type in your message, then press send to email it to family and friends.”

Mr Booth invited locals to suggest their favourite places, activities and businesses to be included as vPostcards.

“Submit your own images or story on the website or on Instagram using the hashtag #eurofav,” he said.

“We’ll have monthly prizes for the best submissions – including a $950 Montague Island snorkelling and whale tour from Narooma Charters – and the chance to be featured in a new vPostcard. All the details are on the website.”

Eurobodalla vPostcard of sting ray at Batemans Marine Park.

There is a variety of vPostcards to choose from highlighting the best of the Eurobodalla. Photo: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz Innes welcomed the vPostcard campaign.

“It’s been a tough time for all in the shire, and our tourism and hospitality businesses were particularly hard hit,” she said.

“I’m pleased to say things are finally looking up. We’re hearing occupancy rates are above 90 per cent for the current school holidays, and bookings for the summer break are already well above normal for this time of year.

“The vPostcards complement those strong figures. Family and friends staying in spare rooms and granny flats across the shire make a considerable contribution to our tourism economy as they eat, drink and enjoy our fantastic region.”

The vPostcards will be available for 12 months so residents can use them to invite friends and family to visit.

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It’s ironic that the State Government‘s has pushed, largely by Andrew Constance, the local member, to close sections of the Batemans Bay Marine Park, without consultation or scientific support. The Marine Park has become a focal part of the Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor Liz Innes vPostcard campaign. The prize being 10 spots on a Montague Island snorkelling and whale tour. One would think that both Liz and Andrew would see the benefits of the Marine Park, which has been acclaimed worldwide, to local tourism and thus our local economy, and would want to retain it in its whole. Why would you possibly want to lose such a major draw card?

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