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Community Conversation on Sustainable Tourism in our island home

Imagine sustainable tourism

This community conversation explored Tasmania’s present and future opportunities highlighted  by the United Nations’ 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Tourism in Tasmania is booming, bringing billions of dollars into the state economy. The time is perfect for a honest and informed conversation about how Tasmania can build the industry through connection to our unique cultural identity and in the best interests of past, present and future generations.

What Panel discussion and questions from the audience
Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania School of Art, Hunter St Hobart
When Wednesday 6 September 5.45-730 pm
Who An open invitation to the Tasmanian community to discuss sustainable tourism
Host Judy Tierney: Tasmanian and national award winning journalist


  • Andrew Timbs: Creative Director, Red Jelly, involved in a number of Tasmanian Tourism initiatives
  • Ben Rea: Owner of Tasmanian EBike Adventures and advocate for the conservation of Tasmania’s Wild places.
  • Gail McCullum: Former publisher and magazine editor, Gail moved to Tassie to found Curios Traveller a scientific tourism venture.
  • Jenny Grundy: Owner of “Roaring 40’s Kayaking”, Jenny also has a BA in environmental management.
  • Peter Mooney: Recently finished as General Manager Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service for 12 years. Now consulting on sustainable tourism partnerships.


  • Ben Rea inspired us all with stories and images from his recent trip to Gwaii Haanas National Park in Canada. Ben has a 25 year history of observing wilderness tourism in Canada in the Gwaii Haanas, an area internationally recognised for excellence in sustainable tourism. Ben has just returned from a three-week sea kayak expedition/research project to the Park which is co-managed by the Canadian Government and the Haida Nation (represented by elders, matriarchs, custodial chiefs and clan members). It is arguably one of the best examples of sustainably managed wild Country on Earth and a great inspiration for Tasmania. Ben discussed how the tourism model in Gwaii Haanas operates, its strengths and weaknesses, and its relevance to Tasmania.

The proud event organisers

Ben ReaBen is Owner Operator of Tasmanian Ebike Adventures. He has been a teacher of Outdoor Education, Geography and History for Tasmanian secondary school students over the past two decades and has a background in delivering natural and cultural heritage education for the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife service. Ben is a proud Tasmanian who has advocated for the conservation of Tasmania’s Wild places and has a passion for adventure.

EfS Tasmania endorsed logoThe aim of Education for Sustainability Tasmania is to bring people together to share knowledge and skills that are needed to protect our planet and ensure social and cultural prosperity for all. Only together can we harness the full potential of our people and our culture to build a sustainable way forward. The importance of building upon our cultural identity is imperative as we seek to nurture environmentally sustainable thinkers.

University of Tasmania logo Thanks to the University of Tasmania Sustainability team for supporting this event. A key priority for the University of Tasmania is to increase community engagement to further build social cohesion in the state.  The University provides independent, visionary and informed social leadership and engages with decision-makers, professions and communities in the task of making possible more sustainable ways of living.