Research to be undertaken as part of this initiative will explore opportunities and barriers associated with expanding the market for school camps, field studies and tertiary research on North Stradbroke Island. Potential opportunities include education exchange programs, developing new learning products, training facilities, nature-based, cultural and educational tourism.
The research will help grow the North Stradbroke Island's education tourism market, which in turn is expected to create permanent and casual long-term jobs.
Enhancing North Stradbroke Island's profile as a destination for school camps, field studies and tertiary research will increase visitor numbers, as well as understanding and appreciation for the island's rich natural, cultural and historic values.
Year-round economic benefits are anticipated from increased low-season visitation.
The project will include:
- auditing current and planned educational products and facilities on the Island
- auditing regional educational products and facilities, including Brisbane and Gold Coast schools catchment areas
- liaising with the Department of Education and Training and selected schools to determine policies, practices and demand
- a literature review of current school camp and volunteer tourism programs across Queensland and Australia
- hosting discussions with key stakeholders including industry and island tourism operators
- analysis and reporting on data and information collected
The research report will be submitted to the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy Implementation Committee to help inform future work.
This project links to other North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy (NSI ETS) initiatives – such as Project 21 'NSI education and training products' – aimed at holistically developing the island's economy priority areas through initiatives focussed on:
- diversifying and expanding the current tourism industry
- expanding education and training opportunities
- stimulating local business development and growth
Straddie Chamber of Commerce
- Department of Education and Training
- Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
- Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
- Redland City Council
- North Stradbroke Island operators of camp and educational activities
- Department of State Development
- Other relevant Queensland Government agencies
Expected economic benefits
- Identify economic opportunities in the education sector
- Identify opportunities for new and existing businesses to service the education market
- Identify new employment opportunities
- Identify opportunities for economic growth in the low season (week nights of school term) that lead to year-round economic stability
Expected social benefits
- Wide stakeholder collaboration
- Establish shared aspirations and economic direction for the Island
- Increase community and business participation in activities benefitting the local economy
- Create opportunities for education exchange, develop new learning products and training facilities
Expected cultural and environmental benefits
- Identify opportunities capitalising on the island’s rich cultural and environmental diversity to create tailored education products
- Identify opportunities for increasing island visitation in a sustainable, socially and culturally appropriate manner
Project achievements to date
- Project plan submitted
- Reference group meetings with project partners and key stakeholders
- Started education sector data analysis, surveys and interviews with schools, universities and key education facilitators.
Project next steps
- Survey island businesses and community regarding current available education sector services and future requirements
- Consult with project partners and key stakeholders
- Work with QYAC (project lead for two NSI ETS education based projects) on projects starting in 2017/2018
- Data analysis and draft report
- Submit final report to the NSI ETS Implementation Committee
- Meet agreement requirements and milestones.