Marc ‘Aussie’ Stone has a lot of experience around the world in economic and tourism development in rural areas. A year ago PWF wrote about Marc’s Replicable Aboriginal ‘business success’ model, an Aboriginal Experiences Highway for outback NSW, which made very good sense and had the backing of local people.
Marc is passionate about culturally sensitive, truly sustainable development and he believes his concept of telling the whole story of the Aboriginal nation from ‘Invasion to Today’ could become a model for Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.
He tells PWF Tourism NSW has given its recent greatest Annual Marketing Award to another Aboriginal Highway from the middle of the NSW North Coast into Bourke, called the Kamilaroi Highway.
The award winning tourist route Marc says travels ‘from where there are no overseas tourists to where there are no overseas tourists’ – does this make sense?
Marc is a businessman and plans promotion of his Sydney-Bourke Aboriginal Highway through a network of 800 senior travel Editors in FIJET (Fédération Internationale des Journalistes et Ecrivains du Tourisme). However, without the ‘whole story of the Aboriginal nation’ concept, he believes this new tourist route has no real global tourism news value and so cannot be promoted to this group OR an associated group of 600 global Conservation journalists.
Marc can see no real tourism or marketing sense here and says there are now many Highways within and between Queensland, NSW and Victoria but none are increasing the numbers out of Sydney for long term stays in the bush.
He is standing as the Federal Independent Candidate for North Sydney. He is
“determined to get the Aboriginal and Outback Experiences Super Highway unburied and back onto State and Federal Cabinet’s, and their Bureaucracy’s Radar.”
Good luck Marc- you certainly win the award for perseverence!