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PURE DISCOVERY

Our mission is to position Mount Gambier as a must visit destination,
attracting visitors from across Australia and the around the world.

Tourism Mount Gambier is the peak Tourism Industry body for Mount Gambier. We are a member based organisation, led by a board that are passionate about the growth of the region through increased visitor numbers.

The organisation is a part of the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce and receives funding and resource support from the City of Mount Gambier and has a growing paid membership base.

For detailed information about Tourism Mount Gambier download our Tourism Mount Gambier Strategy (PDF).

It is an exciting time in Mount Gambier as we actively start to market our region and develop new visitor product and experiences. This website has been designed as our showcase for the region and is the first step in taking our message to the world. Mount Gambier is a must visit destination.

“One Location, Unlimited Experiences.”

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MEET THE BOARD

The Tourism Mount Gambier Board is made up of Tourism industry operators, with a wide range of skills and experience in the industry, including accommodation and hospitality.

The team work together as a volunteer Board who understand the importance of leading tourism initiatives in Mount Gambier to grow and develop a strong, resilient and sustainable visitor economy. We are focused on ensuring that Mount Gambier we deliver top class experiences to our visitors, which leads to greater growth of the industry.

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Kent Comley

Chair

Together with my wife Christine, manage the Barn Steakhouse and Accommodation. I have recently launched Kent and Co Wines, a boutique Mount Gambier brand. My background was in wine marketing, having previously worked for Southcorp Wines, Tyrrells Wines and a decade in Coonawarra at Hollick Wines.
I arrived in 1999, the year that I married my wife Christine.
The strong sense of community and the great lifestyle, not to mention a great golf course.
I am convinced that Mount Gambier has a great deal to offer and that tourism will be a key driver of economic growth of the region. I believe that the initiatives that TMG are undertaking are critical to enhancing the visitor economy and that my industry and board experience enables me to contribute positively to the formulation of strategies.
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Ben Deering

Deputy Chair

Retail, hospitality and sales & marketing. Photography & art initially kicked off my career in travel which shifted to full time travel & tourism through a mixture of retail, corporate and group booking roles. Previous to Mount Gambier, I was managing Australia’s largest wholesale travel department in Melbourne. I am currently the Community Manager for Flinders Uni’s Envision Limestone Coast incubator and a mobile digital Travel Agency, while sharing the views as Caretaker of our Centenary Tower.

Ben and his family have made the road trip too many times to count from Adelaide & Melbourne for the last decade. As a young family, they moved to Mount Gambier in 2017 and it’s now their permanent home.

The most fascinating blend of sinkholes, caves and craters on the edge of town with a great community.

There is an oversupply of natural beauty and geology you don’t find anywhere else. There are also plenty of ideas which mean little without us taking action. I tend to look at my glass as overflowing rather than half full, which makes this a very privileged position to grow our region. After years of helping grow best practice sending Aussies overseas, it’s nice to bring in others to show off our amazing backyard.

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Anne Hinkley-Tyler

Secretary

Owner of Villa Mont, Mount Gambier, a boutique tourism accommodation product. Recent past owner of Villa Azure, Rosmarin, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, a tourism product catering for UK and European clients. Previous corporate experience as Australian/NZ marketing manager for an American multi-national.

The natural beauty and atmosphere of the volcanic lakes, gardens and forests with easy access to quality local food and wine​.
To work towards increasing the prosperity of our town via a thriving tourism industry.
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Lyn McLachlan

Hospitality

I have been in the hospitality and retail industry in Grampians for a number of years. I was also engaged in the public sector, where I managed major government projects, including funding applications. Two years ago I started The Limestone Coast pantry to promote and sale products made from local produce.
All together, about 13 years now.
It is a highly productive and resource rich area and hence my reason for starting a new business. It offers opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. It has such diversity, with the coast nearby, geological futures and the Coonawarra, which lends itself towards the tourism industry.
My experience in the private retail and public sector and my involvement with the Northern Grampians tourist group will benefit this role and I can make a positive contribution. My cross border networks can also assist in collaboration between Western Victoria and us.
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David Pratt

Accommodation

Current owner operator Best Western Southgate Motel for past 13 years with 15 years in the industry previous to current was 18 years experience in building industry supplies.
Past 20 years in Mt Gambier prior to that from just over the border into Victoria off the family farm.
To help promote our fantastic city & area on the world map as a must see destination.

Nathan Seal

Accommodation

I have spent the last 12 years living in Dubai as a Heath & Safety Director, my role included overseeing operations spanning across 40 countries which employed 45,000 people from 130 different nationalities.  This role contributed to everything I know about diversity, communication, culture and empathy. On a local level, my wife and I are the owners of boutique accommodation based in Adelaide and the owners of Pine Country Caravan Park, Mount Gambier.

My family and I moved to Mount Gambier in October 2018.

The greenery, after living in the desert for more than a decade the greenery is really something! The community vibe, the country folk hospitality, quality wineries at your doorstep, agriculture, local produce, café culture and natural wonders that are free for all to enjoy. Mount Gambier has the country feel, but everything you need is here.It’s the complete package.

After moving to Mount Gambier I immediately felt excited. Excited to be a part of something that was organically evolving. I feel that Mount Gambier has so much to offer, I had no idea what existed here. Now that I do, I want to tell the world about it. This region is really something special, my intention is toactively contribute in promoting this beautiful region.

Kelsie Prowse

Hospitality

I am a hospitality girl. I have managed cafes, restaurants, bars, retail shops for over 20 years- all around Australia- in fact, all around the world. I was in my late 20s when I realised that working in hospitality can be a career and not just a stepping stone to somewhere else. Working in hospitality is hard work and only a certain kind of person can do it. My husband and I now own The Apple Farm which is a unique little venue, specialising in private functions and special events. I love the work that I do- I have always enjoyed my work and I have a passion for training and also for tourism.

I was born and bred in north Queensland, moving to the Sunshine Coast for my high school years and that’s where I call home now. In 2000 I started dating my {now} husband from Mount Gambier and made my first trip to SA in 2001. After starting a family and many family holidays to the Limestone Coast we made the decision to re-locate here in 2012.

At first my favourite thing about Mount Gambier was the cute little Limestone Cottages with rose gardens (something that a QLDer is not used to seeing at all). Then it was the geological history and natural wonders of the region. Now it’s the amazing locals and the community spirit. I’m a small town girl at heart, and I love being a part of this incredible community. I also have to mention that I love the seasons. Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. I don’t think I can pick a favourite.

There is a couple of reasons why I decided to join the board of Tourism Mount Gambier, but the main one really is because I believe in this region. One of my favourite things to do is play tour guide to my friends and family that come to visit. When the opportunity came along to join the board I thought about it and decided that it would be in my best interest to join, to learn and to contribute. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am passionate, enthusiastic and rather lively and I believe that I’ll be an asset to this board.

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Donna Foster

Manager Tourism and Economic Development

Donna Foster is a non Board Member and works for the City of Mount Gambier. The City of Mount Gambier is a major supporter of Tourism Mount Gambier as the key industry body focussed on the growth of the visitor economy.

Helen Strickland

Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Representative

Helen Strickland is a non Board Member representing the Chamber of Commerce. Helen is the co- owner of Caroline Hills Winery and Cellar Door. Helen also undertakes business consultant working with clients on strategy, planning and problem solving.

Cr Steven Perryman

City of Mount Gambier Representative

Cr Steven Perryman is a non Board Member representing the City of Mount Gambier. Steven is the owner and operator of the Quality Inn Presidential, located in Mount Gambier.

OUR PARTNERS

We work with the very best. We are proud of our partners, who work with us to deliver the best travel experience any region can offer.

Contributors

Thank you to all of those who are so enthusiastic about sharing all Mount Gambier has to offer and helping to showcase of what makes Mount Gambier a truly fabulous Destination.

City of Mount Gambier

Ockert le Roux

Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce

Donna Foster

Limestone Coast LGA

Gretel Sneath

The Border Watch

Brenton Manser

South Australian Tourism Commission

Forests SA

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