Vietnam beach tourism director takes on tips from the Tweed

In February, council hosted a member of the Da Nang City People’s Committee in Vietnam to share some tips and information on how coastal resources are managed in the Tweed.

Nguyen Duc Vu, or ‘Vu’, is Vice Director of the Eco Tourism and Sea Board in Da Nang, which manages beach tourism in Son Tra, an urban district of Da Nang in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam.

“I was fortunate to be shown aspects of land management by skilled members of the Council for which I am very grateful,” Vu said.

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Photo: Nguyen Duc Vu, Vice Director, Eco Tourism and Sea Board, Da Nang, and Jane Lofthouse, TSC Coordinator Natural Resource Management

While Vu is in Australia for one month to primarily study surf lifesaving and aquatic management, Council offered to show him aspects of land management that are relevant to his work in Vietnam.

Council’s Coordinator Natural Resource Management, Jane Lofthouse, visited various locations along the Tweed Coast with Vu, sharing coastal management tips used here in the Tweed.  “We looked at issues related to coastal erosion and recreational access management,” Ms Lofthouse said.

Da Nang coastal community faces similar issues to Council

“There are definitely similarities between Da Nang and the Tweed; one thing they have in common is the increasing pressure from tourism to the beautiful coastal areas.”

Vu said the time spent with Council learning about coastal management would be valuable to take back to Da Nang.  “I found the paperbark tree and its importance to your wetland areas very interesting,” he said.

“The Tweed Shire is a very beautiful area and you face the same challenges we do in Vietnam, to promote economic development while protecting the environment for all citizens.

“I have learned a great deal of information about lifesaving as well and I really appreciate the assistance given to me to enable me to travel to Australia on this study tour,” he said.  “You have a wonderful country.”

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom 

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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Government Services: LGAs, State and Federal reps,  and Environmental and research organisations in the Northern Rivers, NSW and Gold Coast region of QLD, Australia.

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