The Long Paddock – finalist again
The Long Paddock Cobb Highway Touring Route has once again been announced as a finalist in the 2011 Inland Tourism Awards. “Every time we have entered the awards we have been a finalist which is a great accolade for the touring route “said Pete McCrabb, President of the Long Paddock Committee (LPC). “Unfortunately we have not managed to take out the title of best Heritage and Culture attraction yet but we are hoping that this will be our year”said Mr McCrabb.
“This year we have really focused on providing the best information for our visitors with the printing of the new brochure and upgrading of the website. We know that many of our visitors are accessing information about the route as they are travelling, so we have added a downloadable brochure and up to date event information for them. We have also recently conducted our own tourism survey which shows some very promising results – with 83% of those surveyed stating the Long Paddock was the reason they came to the region.” added Mr McCrabb.
The Long Paddock Committee recently received funding to create and install three “Tribute to Timber” sculptures through the Riverina Red Gum Community and Economic Development Fund. It is hoped the additional sculptures will further add to the attraction of the touring route, encouraging visitors to travel north using the Cobb Highway.
“The awards are a great way of recognising the hard work of our committee, and it would be great to win . However the real goal of the Long Paddock Committee is to see the continued growth of tourism in the region” said Mr McCrabb.
The award presentation dinner will be held on Saturday 30 July 2011 in nearby Balranald.