First Nations Tourism Plan

An outcome from the 2017 Indigenous Tourism Forum was the recognition and industry request for an Indigenous Tourism Strategy to guide the development and growth of Indigenous tourism across Queensland.

Australia’s First Nations peoples are the oldest living cultures on earth, connecting with country for tens of thousands of years. The Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan sets the framework to leverage our First Nations cultural heritage and stewardship of country, together with Qld’s distinctive mix of tourism product offerings, to inspire the development of a thriving First Nations’ tourism sector that offers diverse, authentic and engaging, sustainable tourism experiences and promotes greater engagement of First Nations peoples in tourism.

To access the 2020-2025 Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan click here.

To access the Action Plan click here

The  Strategic Advancement Group was a committee of 8 people that guided the development of the First Nations Plan. Members of the group were able to provide insight and strategy to government and governmental organisations in regard to tourism development opportunities for the Indigenous Tourism sector. View SAG Members here.

First Nations Tourism Working Group Members

To guide the implementation of the Queensland First Nations Tourism Plan and action plan a working group has been developed. This First Nations Tourism Working Group examines the development and implementation of actions under the six pillars in the plan. The makeup of the group is varied and takes factors such as location, gender, experience and business acumen into consideration. In addition to those criteria, members were chosen based on their ability to address certain aspects of the plan and their dedication to supporting and developing First Nations tourism.

See our dedicated working group members below:

Kedea Atherton – Indigenous Programs Manager - QLD/NT, Accor
Preston Campbell – Founder & Mentor, Preston Campbell Foundation
 Cameron Costello – Deputy Chair, QTIC
Kyel Dancey – CEO, Preston Campbell Foundation
  Justine Dillon – Project Coordinator, Ngarang-Wal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association Incorporated
 Willie Enoch-Tranby – Sales Executive and Cultural Development Officer, CaPTA Group
Josh Hanley – Senior Indigenous Programs Manager, Accor
  Darrell Harris – General Manager, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
David Hudson – Owner/Operator, Didge-ralia
Anthony McAvoy SC – Barrister, Frederick Jordan Chambers
Dale Mundraby – Executive Director, Djunbunji Ltd
 Dewayne Mundraby – IPA Tourism and Infrastructure Manager, Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation

 Ted “Fraser” Nai, Masig Island
 Shannon Ruska – Managing Director, Tribal Experiences
 Chern’ee Sutton – Contemporary Indigenous Artist
Suzanne Thompson - Managing Director YACHATDAC

Working Group Expert Advisors

 Kerryn Collins - Member of the QTIC Champions Network 
 Ross Hanley - Manager, Industry Engagement, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training 
 Dr Natasha Montesalvo - EarthCheck 
 Kathryn Morton – Experience Development Specialist, Tourism and Events Queensland
 Gayle O'Brien - Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport
 Katherine Reid – CEO Bundaberg Tourism
 Dr Lisa Ruhanen – Director of Education, University of Queensland 
 Joe Sproats - Member of the QTIC Champions Network 
A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated Associate Prof. Michelle Whitford – Dean of Learning and Student Outcomes, Griffith University