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  • Writer's pictureDianne Dredge

Community workshops

What does regeneration mean for Flinders island?

What is happening in the project?

We have a number of workshops planned in April and May at the FAEC in Whitemark on Thursday, 31st March from 9am – 5pm.

The schedule includes:

9.15am - 11.15am Workshop 1 - Visitor Pledge for the Island

11.30 am 12.30pm - Lunch

12.30pm - 2.30pm Workshop 2 - Vision and Values for Island Tourism

2.45pm - 4.45pm Workshop 3 - Initial ideas for Business and Community projects

Workshop content

1. Visitor Pledge workshop

This workshop will explore the potential of a visitor pledge, what is ‘best practice’ design for visitor

pledges, and how we can establish a Flinders Island visitor pledge. We have previously discussed visitor

pledges here and there is strong support to establish a pledge that captures the values of the Island and

expectations for visitor behaviour.

2. Workshop - Vision, Values and What is Regenerative Tourism?

The aim of the workshop would be to arrive at a common understanding of regenerative tourism in the

Flinders Island context. Key questions to be addressed include:

  • What is the vision (based on the community engagement already undertaken)?

  • What values underpin this vision of a regenerative visitor economy?

  • What actions might we take to implement regeneration as a key tenet of the visitor economy?

  • Identification of possible projects and ideas.

3. Workshop -  Regeneration Projects for Community and the Environment

The aim of this workshop is to focus on potential regenerative projects and ideas that might be ‘incubated’.

These projects include existing or new business ideas or community-led projects that, for example:

  • Seek to value and re-generate community and environmental assets.

  • Implement regenerative business practices and models that reinvest back into the community.

  • Increase the ‘sticky’ spend by visitors in local businesses so that the money spent stays on the Island and benefits the local community and businesses.

  • Help to curate visitor experiences, teach them about appropriate behaviour and interactions, and their travel impact.

  • Transform visitors from an extractive mindset to a regenerative mindset (see above diagram). 

This workshop would also be ½ day and the content would depend on what came out of the previous

workshop. We would hope that a clear expression of potential projects will be an outcome that feeds

directly into the Incubator workshops run by Roberto Daniele.

The workshops will cover:

  • The project, how it is positioned and what has happened so far.

  • Community engagement – reflections on how it rolled out (and will continue).

  • Findings of community engagement including the survey, postcards and interviews on and off-island.

  • Reflections by participants as to whether the insights and reflections are a fair representation of the issues and values.

  • Interactive group discussion about what regenerative tourism for the Island looks like, based on insights gained from community engagement.


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