Cutting the ribbon on improved amenities for Derwent Bridge

16 February 2016

Today's opening of the Derwent Bridge visitor amenities project marks a significant improvement for tourism infrastructure in the Central Highlands.

Eric Hutchinson MP, Member for Lyons, attended the opening of the project which is jointly funded by the Tasmanian Government, Central Highlands Council and the Australian Government's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) programme.

"The Federal Government has contributed $88,670 to the project at Derwent Bridge which includes toilet facilities, an information bay, parking, signage, picnic tables and barbecue," Mr Hutchinson said.

"Derwent Bridge is the gateway to Lake St Clair National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is a popular destination for tourists.

"The new rest area will vastly improve the visitor experience of self-drive tourists along the Lyell Highway at Derwent Bridge and will encourage visitors to regional areas.

Mr Hutchinson said the information bay will provide tourism information from Derwent Bridge to the western wilderness region, encouraging visitors to spend more time in the Lake St Claire and greater western region.

Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and International Education, said tourism is one of the five super-growth sectors for the Australian economy and is a significant investment priority for the Australian Government.

"Tourism generates jobs, investment and growth in communities throughout Tasmania. It contributes $1billion of GDP to the Tasmanian economy and directly employs approximately 15,000 people," Senator Colbeck said.

"That's why we have committed to the Tourism 2020 strategy of increasing overnight visitor expenditure to between $115 billion and $140 billion by 2020.

"Under the TDDI programme, the Federal Government is providing $43.1 million over four years to states and territories for their tourism infrastructure needs.

"This will help the industry meet its Tourism 2020 growth targets and ensure tourism businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future.

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