Hilltops Supports the NSW Government three council merger proposal
06/01/2016 | By David Newberry |
Hilltops Harvest NSW Inc as a collective group of tourism, food and wine producers welcomes and supports the NSW Government amalgamation proposal of Boorowa, Harden and Young Shires into one local Government area.
President Kerrie Provan, owner of Harden-Murrumburrah business “The Pastor’s Pleasures”, said Hilltops Harvest NSW Inc itself was formed in 2011 to promote Food and Wine Tourism for the region. It represents a continuation of community and local government collaboration. Hilltops commenced in 1998 when the Wine and Brandy Corporation registered the GIC Indicators for Boorowa, Harden and Young as a cool climate wine region.
An offshoot, Hilltops Flavours of the Harvest, was then formed to promote food and wine tourism and their first official event was held in February 1999 in Harden Shire. Stakeholder interest and collaboration across the Shires has remained steady throughout the years but nothing formal has been in place until the 2011 establishment of Hilltops Harvest NSW Inc.
Its activities have been guided by the shared will of regional primary producers, value adding businesses and tourism operators who have all recognised the enormous benefits of working together for a common goal under the one banner.
This has been a very natural fit as each of the local government areas is similar. There is an established and accepted flow of commerce and social interaction between the communities.
Hilltops Harvest NSW Inc welcomes the amalgamation proposal as this will consolidate the work that has already been undertaken and ensure that the Hilltops Region will continue to prosper under the new Council.