SENATOR THE HON. RICHARD COLBECK
MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
ERIC HUTCHINSON MP
LIBERAL MEMBER FOR LYONS
Coalition Government supports growing tourism in Lyons
Today the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck and the Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson announced Coalition Government funding for three tourism projects in Lyons.
"Tourism is one of five key super-growth sectors driving new jobs and growth in the economy into the next decade," said Minister Colbeck.
"The Turnbull Government wants to see strong tourism growth benefit regional Australia where 45 cents in every tourism dollar is spent."
One project will be funded through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund (RTIIF) part of the Federal Government's $100 million Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package:
Two additional projects will receive funding under the $43.1 million Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme (TDDI):
"With this funding Curringa Farm will expand existing accommodation, tour, function and caf facilities to meet the demands of increasing visitor numbers from Asia," said the Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson.
"This development enhances Curringa Farm as a major tourist attraction and employer in the Derwent Valley region of Tasmania - an achievement acknowledged at both state and national tourism awards in 2015 as a winner of three gold medals.
"We will also fund stage one of the upgrade of access and interpretation at the Waddamana and Great Lake Hydro-Electric Scheme - the only fully accessible, early twentieth century hydro-electric power station in Australia or New Zealand.
"We will also be providing funding to construct a business case and prospectus to attract private sector investment into a large scale quality accommodation facility in Oatlands.
"This will measure the potential social, economic and cultural impacts of an accommodation facility which will bring many more tourists into the beautiful and historic Tasmanian Midlands."
Minister Colbeck said tourism makes a significant contribution to jobs in Tasmania, contributing 9 per cent of Tasmania's GDP and employing over 37,000 Tasmanians.
Tasmania has been leading Australia in record growth in both domestic and international visitor numbers and expenditure and we will support measures that continue that growth into the future."
"Both the RTIIF and TDDI programs help regions capitalise on Australia's tourism boom. They make a big contribution to local employment.
"With more tourists coming to Tasmania than ever before, it is critical we support attractions and experiences that meet, and exceed, visitor expectations."