February 29th, 2008
Opportunities for local artists and crafts people – a meeting at the Copley Pub on Monday 3rd March, 7:30 pm. See below an extract from the brief provided by the Tourism Development Officer of the Mountains of Memory project:
…the Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators’ Association in conjunction with the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Department for Environment and Heritage, the Southern Flinders Regional Tourism Authority and other key organisations interested in developing the tourism industry in the Flinders Ranges is currently undertaking a Geotourism Strategy project with the working title “Mountains of Memory”.
A key component of this strategy is to develop a retail merchandising plan to identify opportunities for a range of high quality momentos related to the Flinders Ranges’ landforms, vegetation, wildlife, skyscapes and fossils. These products will form part of the regional interpretive and marketing strategies and, as such, are expected to provide tourists with the opportunity to purchase and take home high quality momentos from the region and also to provide a commercial benefit to those who produce and sell them.
It is important that these momentos are produced by local Flinders Ranges artists and craftspeople and made available for sale to the public at a variety of outlets throughout the region. It is envisaged that a selection of items will be identified which broadly represents all of the Flinders Ranges, is made primarily of natural products and could include jewellery, woodwork, sculpture, visual art, textiles, leatherwork and other mediums..
I invite you to make suggestions of specific high quality momentos which you or your colleagues could produce in commercial quantities and would meet the criteria above. This is a great opportunity to support the development of both tourism and local artists and craftspeople throughout the Flinders Ranges. Please feel free to contact me any time if you would like more background information about what we are trying to achieve…