It was great to see visitors starting to return to the region in increasing numbers over the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend and further positive signs with the announcement that the border between New South Wales and Victoria will reopen on November 23.
We want to take this opportunity to remind operators to continue complying with the latest edition of the relevant restart guidelines.
By doing the right thing, we can all play our part in keeping visitors and residents safe and enjoying the Grampians COVID-free.
As more restrictions ease and borders start to reopen Grampians Tourism will be continuing to ensure that the whole region is front of mind with consumers and we'll be working hard to encourage the dispersal of visitors to all the towns and villages right across the region.
We're encouraging locals to invite their family and friends to come and experience our spectacular region and become important ambassadors for our destination.
Keep an eye out for your 'Host with the Most' passport in the coming weeks to take advantage of some great offers from local tourism businesses and get out and about to experience everything on offer in your own backyard.
NAIDOC WEEK 2020 celebrations are traditionally held around the country each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; however it was postponed to November 8-15 due to the impacts and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
This year's theme is 'Always Was, Always Will Be'.
This recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for the continent for over 65,000 years.
Our region, known as Gariwerd by local Indigenous people, has been home to the Djab Wurrung and Jardwardjali people for more than 20,000 years.
Home to over 80% of Victoria's Aboriginal rock art sites, our region is rich in ancient art and stories with over 200 rock art sites located in the Grampians National Park,
Each sacred site is centered on storytelling and used as a chronical to convey knowledge of the Gariwerd land, events and beliefs of the Aboriginal people.
Gariwerd's rock art sites symbolise the deep spiritual beliefs and connections to the land and its inhabitants.
At our October 2020 General Meeting, the Grampians Tourism Board adopted a new Acknowledgement of County Policy that includes Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners in all of our Grampians Tourism print and digital collateral and where locations have a traditional name these will be written / displayed in brackets. We plan to acknowledge and celebrate this significant cultural heritage every day.