Cherries, canola trails, virtual activities to drive tourism and boost Hilltops economy

Photo: Hilltops Council
Photo: Hilltops Council

Hilltops Council will continue to encourage visitation and tourism to the region over the coming months.

Council has decided to cancel its major events in their traditional forms including the National Cherry Festival, Irish Woolfest and Harden Kite Festival, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Visitors will be encouraged to boost the local economy through virtual markets, virtual tours, and workshops.

There will also be activities that visitors to the region can participate in such as pick your own cherries and self-drive canola trails.

"The current COVID-19 situation has resulted in the re-evaluation of events for NSW and across Australia. Recent months have seen the cancellation of many events due to their inability to be executed in a COVID-19 safe way under current public health orders," Hilltops general manager Anthony O'Reilly said.

"Hilltops Council will continue to encourage visitation and tourism over the coming months, especially during the spring and summer seasonal peaks which feature canola and wheat paddocks, cherry blossoms and the cherry harvest. Our goal remains the same, to increase economic activity for the Hilltops region.

"The committees of these events have consulted with local businesses and the community to come up with alternative virtual and COVID-19 safe programs. Committees are planning virtual markets, virtual tours, and workshops. There will also be activities that visitors to our region can participate in such as pick your own cherries and self-drive canola trails," he said.

Council is still seeking safe ideas from the public to help boost tourism and the local economy.

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