Tourism, economic and main street draft plans for public comment

Published on Thursday, 22 June 2023 at 10:20:56 AM

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 20 June 2023, Council resolved to advertise the following draft plan for public comment:

    Community input on these topics is welcome. These plans take into account the response to the two community workshops carried out earlier in the year as well as research conducted by external consultants Land Insights and Lenon Consultants on behalf of the Shire.

    Identifying ways to prepare our community for the future by improving business and tourism opportunities, as well as attracting more people to move to or visit our region was a key part of the Shire's Community Strategic Plan.


    Main streets

    The Ravensthorpe Main Street Improvement Strategy presents a range of recommendations to revitalise the main streets of both Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun.

    The report identified two distinctly different social and economic dynamics at work at each location, with opportunities for reinforcing and developing main street identities clearly articulated.

    Included below is one of the revitalisation ideas included in the report.


    Glamping at Starvation Bay? Eco huts for rent at Hamersley Inlet? These are just two suggestions you'll find in the draft tourism report.

    Research shows many tourists routinely bypass the region during their travels to or from Esperance. Our goal is to enhance tourism numbers and accommodate the potential influx of visitors.

    A way to do that is to leverage the region's primary asset, which is its wealth of natural tourism experiences like colourful wildflowers, scenic hikes, and stunning beaches.

    The key opportunity lies in implementing effective marketing strategies that highlight the region's unique offerings.

    Economic Report

    Without economic success, the social benefits provided to the Ravensthorpe community will be negligible. Fortunately the Ravensthorpe Shire is undergoing strong economic growth generated by mining, agriculture and a growing tourism sector.

    Underpinning the economic engine that sustains community benefits is the level of competitive strength and demand that Ravensthorpe has for mineral deposits, beautiful landscape, productive agricultural land and a community that activates these assets.

    The economic draft report looks at ways to build business and tourism in the region.

    Have your say

    Your views on these draft plans are encouraged and welcomed.

    Copies are available for inspection at both Shire of Ravensthorpe offices in Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe, they can also be viewed as attachments by clicking on the links in blue at the top of this page. 

    Submissions must be in by 5.00pm, Friday 21 July 2023 via email to:

    or as a letter to:

    Natalie Bell

    Shire of Ravensthorpe

    PO Box 43

    Ravensthorpe WA 6346 

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