How Covid might catapult rural tourism

Linda Tilman

Linda Tilman

A free webinar being held today will discuss the rural event and tourism opportunities that exist with international and interstate travel limitations as a result of Covid.

The popular Community Builders series, which Rural Aid has been running since April, brings together rural and regional community leaders, business owners, primary producers, councillors and community organisations to exchange ideas and information to broaden the collective knowledge base in rural Australia.

CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters, said the episode looks at ways rural and regional towns and organisations can benefit from the insatiable desire for travel in Australia, coupled with international flight restrictions.

"Australians love to travel, and for the foreseeable future there's a great opportunity to experience their own backyard. Road trips and small town sojourns are part of the new normal," Mr Warlters said.

The free Community Builders webinars are open to anyone with an interest in the progress of small towns and regional communities.

This week's guests include a recognised leader in rural and regional tourism Linda Tillma, and Josey Sangster from a town of less than 100 people that has an impressive tourism plan.

"We're focusing on the opportunities for rural events and tourism during Covid by virtually visiting the town of Harrow in western Victoria to see it's vibrant and unique approach to tourism and speaking to a recognised expert in regional, rural and remote tourism development, Linda Tillman," Mr Warlters said.

Josey Sangster

Josey Sangster

Josey Sangster will tell the story of historic Harrow's tourism plan including local theatre performances and highlighting the town's assets related to a famous cricket identity.

Linda Tillman, a former director on the Board of Australian Regional Tourism will provide professional insights on regional tourism.

To register to attend the Community Builders Series, visit:

Week 3: 15 October 4pm-5pm | Opportunities for events and tourism during Covid

Week 4: 22 October 4pm-5pm | Attracting and supporting women in small towns

On the website you can also view the recordings from Week 1: The rebirth of rural entrepreneurialism and Week 2: Mobilising young people in regional areas.