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Aviation SWOT
Claire Vanderplank from Weapons of Mass Creation was engaged by RDA Wheatbelt to undertake a SWOT of the aviation sector within the Wheatbelt. Claire has spoken with many sector participants and gained from them an insight into their aspirations for the industry, challenges, opportunities and potential for linkages to tourism, education, engineering, maintenance, small business and events.

A phone and online survey was deployed across stakeholders with several key themes identified. From this two workshops were conducted. The first gathered participants to discuss growing recreational flying and gliding in the Wheatbelt and the second  focussed on discussing the tourism opportunities associated with all types of aviation in region.
The big idea that emerged from both the workshops was that having a regional or collaborative approach and organisation representing all facets of aviation would be highly beneficial to the sector, with flow-on effects for Wheatbelt towns. Common issues could be addressed and advocated on behalf of the sector participants such as local government regulations, advocacy and demystifying aviation activities. Many opportunities would be best advanced by a regional group, such as access to group insurance, development and promotion of cross-discipline events and promotion of aviation into schools and tourism.

A summary of the workshop feedback and ideas is being compiled and will be available to all participants and anyone who is interested in being part of the conversation. RDA Wheatbelt is keen to continue its contact with workshop participants to help achieve the sectors aspirations and overcome some of the challenges. 


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