Waratah-Wynyard Council is seeking someone who will stand tall in the history books of the future as a great pioneer of 21st Century tourism in Tasmania.

Waratah-Wynyard Council - James 'Philosopher' Smith
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*James ‘Philosopher’ Smith, Waratah mining pioneer

*photo provided to Think Tasmania by Rachael Hogge, Tourism Project Officer for the Waratah-Wynyard Council

Tourism Project: Waratah Wynyard Council

by Rachael Hogge

Waratah-Wynyard Council has begun a search for the next James “Philosopher” Smith, the man whose discovery of tin at Waratah brought staggering wealth to the entire State of Tasmania. His discovery resurrected an economy on the brink of collapse, and a long line of entrepreneurs and innovators followed in his footsteps creating communities and building economies with the riches to be found on the North-West and West Coasts of Tasmania.

That is all history – but we know history has a way of repeating itself.

The search is on for someone with Philosopher’s pioneering spirit – someone who will oversee the transformation of this once rich and vibrant community into an iconic tourism destination.

Waratah-Wynyard Council - Pioneer Wanted
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Modern Day Tourism Pioneer: Waratah-Wynyard Council

Management of Tourism Assets in Waratah

Waratah-Wynyard Council Acting Mayor Alwyn Friedersdorff announced the advertising of a Request for Proposal for the management and operation of the Council-owned tourism assets in the town, including the Waratah Caravan and Camping Ground, Athenaeum Hall (Tarkine Interpretation Centre), and the Kenworthy Stamper Mill.

Waratah - Kenworthy's Tin Stamper Mill
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Waratah, Tasmania: Kenworthy’s Stamper Mill (photo by Carol Haberle)

“This decision has been made in the best interests of developing the tourism assets in Waratah to their full potential,” Cr Friedersdorff said.

“Council believes there are unlimited future opportunities available to develop the town as a ‘Gateway to the Tarkine’ – as identified in the Tarkine Tourism Development Strategy (Cradle Coast Authority 2008), and that these opportunities are best pursued on a commercial basis.”

Tarkine - Whyte's Lookout, Waratah Tasmania
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The Tarkine : Whyte’s Lookout, Waratah (photo by Carol Haberle)

“We would love to see someone with a passion for tourism – someone with vision who can see opportunities beyond what the Council is offering. There are a number of key properties in the town for sale at the moment – there are real possibilities for a re-invention of the town on quite a large scale.”

“It is important to note that Council remains committed to ensuring Waratah develops as a key gateway to the Tarkine and will continue to have a presence in the town,” Cr Friedersdorff said.

Tarkine Views from Whyte Hill Lookout (Inset-Philosopher Falls)
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Tarkine, Whyte Hill Lookout (photo by Carol Haberle)

More to Come for Waratah-Wynyard Council

There will be an information and inspection day on Tuesday May 20 at the Athenaeum Hall. Waratah-Wynyard Council staff will be available to answer questions and provide site visits for the assets included in the proposal process.

Closing date for submissions is June 23.

A new ‘pioneer’ is expected to be in place for the beginning of the tourist season.

Waratah - Athenaeum Hall
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Athenaeum Hall, Waratah (photo by Carol Haberle)

Next week, Think Tasmania will be publishing an additional article written by guest author Rachael Hogge. In the meantime, for more information about the tourism pioneer position, please visit the Waratah-Wynyard Council website or contact Rachael Hogge on 6443 8333.

To help the Waratah-Wynyard Council track down the perfect modern-day tourism pioneer, we’re asking our fabulous, ever-helpful network to help spread the word about this unique opportunity. Cheers!

The Modern-Day Tourism Pioneer Project is a registered member of Think Tasmania. Text and some photos provided to Think Tasmania by Rachael Hogge, Tourism Project Officer for the Waratah-Wynyard Council.

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