Coming from a strong tourism background, Merran Socha (pictured) seemed the ideal fit to fill the Berrigan Shire’s economic development officer role.December 11, 2013 4:18am
Mrs Socha taking up the role just over a month ago, replacing Phil Nunn.
Mrs Socha’s role as economic development officer intertwines both tourism and economic development roles.
And projects for the aged care sector in Finley and the Intermodal in Tocumwal are high on her list.
‘‘I am looking forward to expanding the horizon,’’ she said.
‘‘There is so much more to do.
‘‘I also don’t think we have really looked at what we can do for the farming industry.
‘‘Council has got a really good economic document which recognises the value of tourism.’’
Mrs Socha, who was previously executive officer of Sun Country on the Murray for 13 years, is looking forward to her new position.
Before her time at Sun Country, Mrs Socha had worked in other tourism and promotion roles.
‘‘I spent time at Coffs Harbour as the Visitor Information Centre manager, and before that I had spent five years in Vail, Colorado.
‘‘It is the total tourism destination. I spent time in a tourism, volunteer training and property management role.
‘‘I guess I probably just fell into it (tourism) living in Colorado.
‘‘I am very passionate about the industry and understand visitor economy and the need for any community for new dollars to come in.’’
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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