The Bendigo Tourism Board Inc. works seamlessly with the City of Greater Bendigo’s tourism department to create a unique partnership; together we work to grow our industry, provide training and opportunities to our members and to grow the visitation to our beautiful destination.
Kathie Bolitho – Chair
After spending 20 years working in all areas of hospitality, restaurants and event management, Kathie Bolitho launched Tough Cookie Marketing in 2012 with a desire to work specifically with small service based businesses, regularly liaising with a variety of businesses across the hospitality, retail and events sector.
Sharon Carlson – Deputy Chair
Sharon, along with her husband Tim, is the owner of Best Western Crystal Inn. With a strong tourism industry and business background, she has a key understanding of the many benefits and challenges of running an owner operated business in this area. Sharon is committed to the vital role tourism plays in the sustainability and growth of our regional city.
In December 2014, Amy Moylan made the “tree change” from Melbourne to Bendigo to take up her new role as Hotel Manager at The Schaller Studio. Since leaving the city she has not looked back, with the thriving art and culinary scene in the cultural hub captivating her. She is experienced in the hospitality industry and is a valuable asset to the board.
Bob and his wife Joy own Downing Estate Vineyard, just north of Heathcote. Bob and Joy established the vineyard in 1995 and began producing wine from the 1999 vintage. They have been operating a commercial cellar door since 2003. Bob has been President of the Heathcote Winegrowers Association and is a Council appointee on the Bendigo Tourism Board.
Tony Edgar – Treasurer
Tony and his wife Sue run Bendigo Cottages which is a boutique Bed and Breakfast located near the centre of Bendigo. They are also shareholders in Handlebar, which is located in Mitchell St. Tony and Sue have lived in Bendigo for over ten years and enjoy what they consider to be the best regional city in Australia.
Evonne Oxenham – PR Officer
Evonne has been the Marketing & Product Development Manager of the Bendigo Heritage Attractions (Formerly Bendigo Trust) since 2008. Bendigo Heritage Attractions plays a pivotal role in maintaining Bendigo’s reputation as an entertaining and historically relevant tourist destination. Evonne’s background is in corporate communications & marketing communications.
Bruce Phillips – Secretary
I’m a retired civil engineer, Government administrator and City Councillor. With my wife, Sue, I operate a Boutique bed & breakfast property at Maiden Gully, and a retail garden centre and nursery at Strathfieldsaye. I’m currently the President of the Bendigo Regional Boutique Accommodation Association, and Secretary of the Beefsteak and Burgundy Club of Bendigo – which patronises and encourages the region’s restaurants and wineries.
Paul, together with his brother George and their partners, own and operate Sandhurst Ridge Vineyard and Winery. Vineyard plantings began in 1989, with their first vintage produced in 1995. The partners operate a cellar door which is open daily, together with boutique accommodation in the vineyard. Paul is currently on the Bendigo Winegrowers Associaton executive committee, and has also been a past president of the same organisation.
Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth
Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth lives in Axedale and is currently the Strategy, Planning and Governance Director at Bendigo Health. As a first-time Councillor, she looks forward to being a hard-working, positive and enthusiastic leader. She is particularly interested in the areas of active transport, economic development and tourism, and will strive to ensure the recommendations of the Rural Communities Strategy are implemented and serve as a voice for residents in rural areas and small towns.
Bernie has had extensive experience working for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (and its predecessors) leading the Department’s state-wide regional operations. Prior to working for the Department, he held senior executive roles with the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, a livestock peak industry body in Canberra and the New South Wales Farmers’ Association.
Finn was raised locally and has lived in both Melbourne and interstate. Returning to Bendigo in 2006 after working in some of the county’s best restaurants and bars, in 2013 Finn and his business partner returned Bendigo’s first bank of the Goldfields to its former glory, repurposed into the stunning contemporary dining venue and bar, Rocks on Rosalind. Finn’s genuine and charming hospitality makes him a formidable host. His provision of fine restaurant service, sommelier training and knowledge of beverages is exceptional, as is his commitment to representing the local hospitality industry to ensure it continues to thrive and grow, with national recognition.