Orange Region Destination Management Plan

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The community consultation about the Destination Management Plan has now concluded. A report will be prepared for consideration by the three councils.




Cabonne, Orange and Blayney Councils are developing a new Destination Management Plan that will guide the tourism industry's long-term growth and sustainability and boost the region's visitor economy for the next four years.

The new draft plan aims provide a unified vision and prioritised goals.

The three Councils have collaborated with each other and worked with the tourism industry and key stakeholders to develop the plan.

The draft Destination Management Plan (DMP) for the Orange Region has been prepared by consultants, Urban Enterprise.

The plan was prepared after:

  • background document reviews
  • community and business surveys
  • an analysis of historical and recent visitor data
  • assessments of tourism infrastructure and products
  • workshops with industry and Council stakeholders
  • a gap analysis
  • an events analysis, and
  • one-on-one interviews.

The proposed plan is now available for comment, and feedback will be sought from individuals, organisations, and businesses of all three local council areas. This feedback will inform the final version of the DMP, which will come back to the three Councils for endorsement.

You can download the draft Destination Management Plan (DMP) at right.

You can send a written submission to any of three councils by post or email at:

You can also have your say (below) by making an online comment, and read comments left by others.

To make sure this community engagement is as accurate as it can be, you will have to register with YourSay Orange to leave a comment.

Registering with YourSay Orange is quick and easy. Once you click the 'Leave a comment' button, simply follow the prompts to add a screen name and an email address.

The deadline for all submissions and comments on the DMP is 29 July 2022.

Cabonne, Orange and Blayney Councils are developing a new Destination Management Plan that will guide the tourism industry's long-term growth and sustainability and boost the region's visitor economy for the next four years.

The new draft plan aims provide a unified vision and prioritised goals.

The three Councils have collaborated with each other and worked with the tourism industry and key stakeholders to develop the plan.

The draft Destination Management Plan (DMP) for the Orange Region has been prepared by consultants, Urban Enterprise.

The plan was prepared after:

  • background document reviews
  • community and business surveys
  • an analysis of historical and recent visitor data
  • assessments of tourism infrastructure and products
  • workshops with industry and Council stakeholders
  • a gap analysis
  • an events analysis, and
  • one-on-one interviews.

The proposed plan is now available for comment, and feedback will be sought from individuals, organisations, and businesses of all three local council areas. This feedback will inform the final version of the DMP, which will come back to the three Councils for endorsement.

You can download the draft Destination Management Plan (DMP) at right.

You can send a written submission to any of three councils by post or email at:

You can also have your say (below) by making an online comment, and read comments left by others.

To make sure this community engagement is as accurate as it can be, you will have to register with YourSay Orange to leave a comment.

Registering with YourSay Orange is quick and easy. Once you click the 'Leave a comment' button, simply follow the prompts to add a screen name and an email address.

The deadline for all submissions and comments on the DMP is 29 July 2022.

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The Draft Destination Management Plan (DMP) is now on-show for community comment.

Feedback is being invited from the communities of all three local council areas. 

This feedback will inform the final version of the DMP, which will come back to the Councils for endorsement.

You can comment on any aspect of the draft plan, such as:

  • if you support the general approach of the plan
  • if there any gaps 
  • any new directions you'd like to suggest.

You can have your say leaving a an online comment.

To make sure this community engagement is as accurate as it can be, you will have to register with YourSay Orange to leave a comment..

Registering with YourSay Orange is quick and easy. Once you click the 'Leave a comment'  button, simply follow the prompts to add a screen name and an email address.

The deadline for all submissions and comments on the DMP is 29 July 2022.

A report on the community feed back will be considered by Council meetings later in the year.


Theme 7 Activating the Canobolas Precinct is simply another attempt at commercialisation of public lands for private gain. Lake Canobolas area is set aside for public recreation, Mount Canobolas SCA for conservation of environmental and cultural heritage, both covered by NSW legislation. It is patently wrong for this plan to advocate overriding the law, one of the great fundamentals of our democracy. JaneP

agr 17 days ago

No development on Mt Canobolas should go ahead considering it is a unique ecosystem that does not occur anywhere else on the planet that is already at risk from climate change and degradation from human encroachment.

New species of flora, fauna and fungi are being discovered all the time which WILL be compromised by fragmenting the the mountain through creating more walking and mountain biking tracks. Carving up this fragile sub alpine ecosystem will result in negative edge effects, and deeper spreading of weeds and other pest species, and increase the littering that is already a problem due to disrespectful visitors.

It's also disrespectful to First Nations people to have a sacred place of theirs further developed into exploitative tourist attraction.

I do not want my rates being spent on this unethical development. Leave Mt Canobolas alone.

Luk87 17 days ago

Not only would a skyway be expensive (& I wouldn't want my rates to go towards it) any such construction must not be allowed in any part of the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area. This area is very small & contains numerous endemic and threatened species as well as being a sacred area to our Wiradjuri members. Support nature instead with eco-tourism inc bird-watching tours & cultural experiences
Jenny Pratten

Jennyp 17 days ago

In the wide consultation of which you boast, the plan makes it obvious that no environmentalist nor conservationist was consulted.

Jotrack 20 days ago

While ‘Nature’ is used as a focus for ‘Theme 7’ (Nature, Cycling & Recreation) it would seem that is where any consideration of ‘nature’ stops. Where does this Plan actually consider ‘nature’, the flora and fauna of the area and especially of the Mount Canobolas area? The impact of new infrastructure such as a Skyway to the summit of Mount Canobolas would put at risk the already stressed ecology of the Canobolas State Conservation Area.
Theme 7 has missed the tourism possibilities of better supporting and encouraging more of those individuals and groups who already visit to observe and appreciate the unique flora and fauna of the Conservation Area.
The construction and maintenance costs of any type of ‘skyway’ would be huge and on-going. How would those costs be recouped? It would be cheaper to offer free helicopter flights for those who want to see the view from up high: that would leave the ‘nature’ of Mt Canobolas intact for those who actually appreciate it.

SC1007 about 1 month ago

Development Plan:
1 General thrust good
2 Mt Canobolas a Very special placeMust be preserved as a National conservation area. NO bike paths as dangerous and environmentally damaging.
3. Have Aboriginal and Natural Environmental Centre
4. Consider how Mt Macquarie might be developed for recreation and conservation.
5. Consider family bike trails on old rail, travelling stock routes, state forests and crown reserves
6. Develop high quality caravan, camping and cabin grounds in well managed attractive park areas.
7. Improve access to State Forests for orienteering events
8. Encourage the development of a Feral animal proof reserve for the reintroduction of native animals, such as bandicoots, quolls, koalas, and sugar gliders etc. This could have evening guided tours. This has been done very sucessfully in other parts of Australia

BasilB-39 about 1 month ago