About the Hidden Treasures

Background

The Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern is a collaborative partnership between nine Shires in the northern and south-eastern parts of the Great Southern region. These communities are predominantly recognised for the primary industry of agriculture from broad acre cropping, sheep for wool and meat production, viticulture, silviculture and horticulture. Steeped in the heritage of our early settlers, this often overlooked area of Western Australia offers a unique glimpse of the ‘real backbone’ of our farming communities. The Hidden Treasures group represents these eight Shire by marketing and promoting them as a group of Shires to visit. By jointly undertaking promotion and marketing, for tourism, events and activities, the Shires and the region receive significant more value, for a lower investment if the Shires were to “go it alone”.

The Role of the Hidden Treasures Group

The role of the Hidden Treasures Group is to:

  • Jointly promote tourism product, experiences and activities for all participating Shires and their communities;
  • Produce an Annual Activities Report for all participating Shires;
  • Seek to leverage Shire funding to draw additional funds for events, tourism marketing and regional promotion;
  • Disseminate information on relevant opportunities to Shires;
  • Market all Shires of the Hidden Treasures with equity and respect; and
  • Develop community partnerships with local, regional, state and national organisations that will enhance and assist the development of tourism in the Hidden Treasures region.

The Hidden Treasures Committee

The Hidden Treasures Committee is made up of nine Delegates, one from each of the Shires represented. These are often elected members of Council but can be a staff or community member nominated by the Local Government. The current delegates are:

Shire Delegate
Broomehill-Tambellup Emily Hardie
Cranbrook Cr Helen Parsons
Gnowangerup Cr Sue Lance
Jerramungup Narelle Duckworth 
Katanning Cr Martin Van Koldenhoven
Kent Cr Cathy Crosby
Kojonup Zahra Shirazzee
Plantagenet Marie O'Dea
Woodanilling Cr Marj Winstanley

 

Great Southern Region

Western Australia

Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern of Western Australia - Click for Interactive Map