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Our Huge Untapped Resource: Expanding Aboriginal tourism in a post-COVID world, with Dale Tilbrook

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Dale Tilbrook is a much-loved native food specialist, educator, and passionate Aboriginal tourism advocate. Like a lot of Australia this week, Dale’s immersed in NAIDOC Week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She also continues to work towards a big vision for First Nations people, and WA as a whole.

This vision is reflected in the joint proposal made by Clean State WA and the influential WAITOC – the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council. Dale’s seen WAITOC generate a litany of outstanding success stories in Aboriginal tourism, and at times with very few resources. The potential is huge, she says, with the right support and investment, to empower Aboriginal communities with all sorts of flow-on benefits - and at a time when WA – and the rest of the world – need it most.

The Clean State WA podcast is produced and hosted by Anthony James, Perth-based creator of The RegenNarration podcast. For more stories of regeneration around WA, Australia, and the world, tune into The RegenNarration wherever podcasts are found, or at

With acknowledgment to all First Nations people in what’s now known as Western Australia, in particular to the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose land this episode was recorded.


Eden is Lost, by Selfless Orchestra.

Get more:

On Dale and the Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery –

On WAITOC and the jointly released (with Clean State) First Nations Tourism stimulus package (downloadable at the top of this page) -

For more on the plan to support and expand Aboriginal tourism and business development that Clean State is advocating for -

On NAIDOC Week -

And check out the rest of the Clean State WA website, where you’ll see more on the Jobs Plan and how you can get involved -

Clean State is an independent initiative advocating for action on climate change and jobs in Western Australia. We represent thousands of individuals and hundreds of businesses and other organisations who are dedicated to climate action across the state. We promote solutions that create thousands of jobs supporting businesses, families and communities and make our state a regenerative, fair and prosperous place to live and work. 

More than ever before, we have an opportunity to invest in a sustainable future for WA. The coronavirus pandemic is expected to put as many as 64,000 Western Australians out of work and an economic downturn is underway. That’s why Clean State has worked with industry experts from across WA to develop a plan for over 200,000 jobs that will also deliver action on climate change, conservation, and the care economy. This is the Clean State Jobs Plan.

The Clean State office acknowledges that it resides on the land of the Nyoongar people. We pay respect to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play in advancing a Clean State of WA. 

Thanks to the team at Clean State WA, and to the generous volunteers, supporters and active partners who are making this plan a reality.

If you’d like to get in touch with ideas, questions or thoughts generated by the plan or this podcast, you can email Clean State at or simply join our mailing list

And thanks for listening!

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