FACET turns 30
For 30 years FACET (Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism) has inspired and promoted the responsible community use of Western Australia’s cultural and natural heritage through tourism. It has provided advice to government, coordinated industry capacity building and provided a forum for discussion of the key issues affecting the industry.
The milestone was celebrated by FACET members and supporters on 21 November at dinner held at the Claremont Yacht Club. This very enjoyable occasion was an opportunity also to celebrate the contributions of some visionary, talented and tireless individuals who have contributed significantly to the organisation over many years. They are:
- Pat Barblett AM who founded FACET in 1991 and went on to Chair the organisation until 2004. Pat has a long list of achievements and has contributed significantly to the sustainable development of cultural and natural tourism in Western Australia.
- Pauline McMullen, whose involvement with FACET spans three decades, firstly on a voluntary basis before becoming the Executive Officer.
- Professor Ross Dowling AM, former Chair of FACET and a passionate advocate of ecotourism, the environment, conservation and parks. As a researcher, educator and consultant Ross has had an enormous influence on the development of sustainable tourism.
Pat Barblett, Professor Dowling, current FACET Chair Ryan Mossny, and FACET Executive Officer Tracy Shea are all Park Ambassadors.