Strengthening Bruny Island's world-class tourism offerings

21 April 2016

The Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, today announced funding to help meet increasing visitor demand on Bruny Island.

"Through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund (RTIIF) we are providing more than $570,000 for local projects on Bruny Island to help further strengthen the reputation of the island as must-see tourism destination in Tasmania," Minister Colbeck said.

"The award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys will receive a $499,995 grant for the construction of a multi-purpose tourism centre which will include a restaurant, kitchen, retail space, visitor amenities and parking.

"Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is one of Tasmania's most well-known tourism businesses and draws more than 40,000 visitors to the island each year. They anticipate this new project will help to further drive increased visitation.

"Their five year plan to develop a $4.8 million tourist facility will have flow-on impacts for the local economy and employment, including the expected creation of 50 full time equivalent jobs."

Minister Colbeck also announced funding for the Bruny Island Cheese Co. for an expansion of their cellar door tasting facilities and indoor seating area.

"The Bruny Island Cheese Co. will receive $74,750 to help them tap into tourists visiting Bruny Island for a cultural and gourmet experience. The expansion to their cellar door tasting facilities will allow them to cater for tour group bookings and tutored tastings delivered in partnership with local businesses," Minister Colbeck said.

"The Federal Government is committed to ensuring regional Australia benefits from the growth the tourism industry is experiencing and with 44 cents of every tourism dollar spent in regional areas, driving tourism demand to regional areas such as Bruny Island will have a flow-on effect for employment and the local economy.

"Tourism is one of Australia's top two services export earners and one of five key super-growth sectors that will drive economic growth into the next decade."

Through the RTIIF the Federal Government is providing Tasmania with $4.38 million for tourism infrastructure projects, helping to drive demand, improve quality and ensure businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future.

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