Cadbury visitor centre

1 October, 2015

Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, said the most important thing for Tasmania is that Cadbury remains a sustainable business.

"It is disappointing that the Cadbury visitor centre will close its doors at the end of this year, however I understand Cadbury are focussing on the manufacturing side of the business to ensure the factory remains in Tasmania," Minister Colbeck said.

"There are about 550 employees at the Claremont factory and it's important that the manufacturing operations remain sustainable - Cadbury is making good progress in this area.

"The Government is working build a prosperous economy and our commitment to increasing trade is crucial to Australia remaining a high-wage, competitive economy.

"We're committed to completing and implementing the free trade agreements that will provide economic opportunities for Tasmanian businesses and build business confidence.

"Tasmania has a great reputation as a provider of high-value tourism experiences and I am pleased that the door remains open for another operator to provide a tourism experience based on Cadbury's Claremont factory."

The Government has confirmed that the $16 million of funding will remain in Tasmania after Cadbury withdrew their application earlier this year. The funds will form a new Jobs and Investment Fund, allowing sectors like tourism to innovate and grow. The Tasmanian Government will also contribute $8 million to the new jobs and investment fund.

The Government is strongly committed to the tourism sector in Tasmania, having also provided $4.38 million for a Tasmanian Regional Tourism Fund and $3.24 million to Tasmania under our Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure program.

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