11 September 2012 — The Hunter Valley Protection Alliance says the New South Wales government is “doing nothing” to protect key tourism precincts from inappropriate development.  Spokesman Stewart Ewen says this is despite a government report finding regions with the potential to deliver strong returns from food and wine need that protection for its plan to double overnight visitor expenditure to the state by 2020. Mr Ewen said the current draft Strategic Agricultural Land Use Plan and Gateway concept to review and grant coal seam gas mining licences were at direct odds with the recommendations. “Food and wine tourism is expected to play an essential role in assisting NSW to achieve its 2020 tourism target, and the Hunter Valley could be core to achieving this – if its future was  protected and assured,” he said.