Camille takes on tourism role with council

Camille Lehmann has started her new role with the District Council of Robe, explaining that to land a full-time position in the tourism and events industry had been a dream come true.

Ms Lehmann has been fufilling the role of Manager Tourism and Events since May, following the council's recent structural changes.

After studying tourism and event management at the University of South Australia, Ms Lehmann said she was thrilled to have been appointed to the position in her home town.

Ms Lehmann has experience in the field, working locally with Adam Brooks Catering and at the Robe Netball Club, enjoying the challenge that comes with organising events.

While working in the new role with COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in place, Ms Lehmann explained how she has been able to continue to build and maintain relationships within the community.

"We've had a lot of meetings so far and its been very easy to chat to everyone because you've got that pre-existing relationship with them," Ms Lehmann said.

Over the last two months, the council has seen the benefits of having Ms Lehmann on board already as she enabled Robe to be recognised nationwide on Channel 7's Sunrise after sending in a video entry to the Sunrise Weather A to Z Virtual Tour of Australia, which lead to Robe being chosen to represent the letter R on the segment.

Ms Lehmann explained what she was looking forward to while working with elected members.

"It has been hard at the moment making plans with restrictions still in place as there is a high risk in making hard and fast plans right now but we have a few things in the pipe works that are subject to the situation being under control with coronavirus."

Ms Lehmann has joined various local committees, gaining an insight into what these committees have planned throughout the year and what she's undertaken to help them to make future plans, working alongside Robe Tourism Association members, ensuring these events come to fruition.

Ms Lehmann has stayed in contact with local businesses, assisting business owners during this difficult period, particularly over June long weekend.

"On that weekend, I ran a 'Whats Open in Robe' help sheet which showed locals and visitors what was open."

"I set up data bases for all these businesses - initially it was phone calls to every single one of them, taking their email addresses down and basically providing a whats going to open in Robe...we'll be running the same concept over the July holidays."

The new structural changes at council will allow staff and elected members to work together in a more efficient manner while completing its projects.

Ms Lehmann finished by outlining what the main goal is for council in relation to tourism and events that will occur throughout the year, which will be to have more visitors visiting Robe during what would usually be described as quieter periods.

"We obviously get the massive peaks during summer but to be able to draw people into town during the low seasons, sustaining our local businesses year round, and giving businesses the confidence to employ their staff year round would be of great benefit to the town."