Demi’s hospitality history helpful in attracting tourists

Cobar’s new tourism manager, Demi Smith, is a familiar face with the former Cobar Bowling & Golf Club manager keen to take on new challenges in her tourism manager’s role with Cobar Shire Council.

Demi Smith is someone who likes challenges whether that’s on the sporting field or in her career and the latest challenge she’s taken on is promoting Cobar.

Demi has this week stepped into the role of Cobar Shire Council’s new tourism manager and said she’s very keen to get started.

Moving into tourism and events was a natural progression for Demi who has worked in hospitality since she was 15.

“When I was 16, I was running the kitchen at the Great Western Hotel pumping out 150 meals each night,” Demi said.

Ten years ago she started working at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club where she completed a leadership and management course which prepared her to take over the secretary/manager’s role four and a half years ago.

Demi said she had been very happy working at the Golfie, however when the tourism position came up with council she felt it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“It was really emotional leaving the club but I thought this role would be really interesting and also a new challenge,” she said.

Demi believes being born and bred in Cobar and having a passion for the town helped her to win the tourism role.

“I’m a big believer in that the more you put into something, the more you’ll get out of it and I plan to put my heart and soul into promoting Cobar,” she told The Cobar Weekly.

Demi said she believes part of her new role is “backing the community as well”.

“It’s not just about bringing people to town, it’s making sure that the community it also having a good time,” she said.

“It’s about finding the positives.

“I hate it when people speak negatively about the town and I hope I can help contribute to changing that attitude,” Demi said.

After a couple of days of finding her way around her new office at the Great Cobar Heritage Centre, Demi heads off tomorrow to Sydney’s caravan and camping show to help promote the Kidman Way and she also plans to do a lot of industry networking while there.