SENATOR RICHARD COLBECK
MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
MINISTER ASSISTING THE MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
ERIC HUTCHINSON MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LYONS
23 June 2016
A re-elected Turnbull Liberal Team will invest in Tasmania's tourism industry, delivering jobs and growth for Tasmania.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Minister for Tourism and international education joined Eric Hutchinson, Liberal for Lyons to announce that a re-elected Turnbull Liberal Team will invest $5 million to further boost Tasmania's thriving tourism industry.
"Tourism is a critical source of investment and a major driver of the Australian and Tasmanian economies" Minister Colbeck said
"It accounts for nine per cent of Tasmania's Gross Domestic Product and employs around 37,000 Tasmanians and is major source of regional jobs and investment, with 45 per cent of tourism spending and more than half of Tasmania's tourism businesses located in regional areas."
The investment announced today will deliver:
$1 million to the Cradle Coast Authority to progress the Cradle Mountain Master Plan to an investment-ready stage
$3.8 million to facilitate the completion of the Three Capes Track, an example of Tasmania's world class eco-tourism potential
$70,000 for a demand study into the 'Geeves Effect', a wilderness precinct development proposal for the area adjacent to Tasmania World Heritage Area at Lake Geeves
"The Cradle Mountain Master Plan is an exciting concept and this investment will help turn the ambition for Cradle Mountain into a reality"
Funding for Cradle Mountain will be used to support the development of a full business case and economic impact statement. It will also support further detailed design work, engineering advice and preliminary environmental assessments before the project can proceed.
The Coalition will also provide:
$50,000 to FermenTasmania to develop a full business case and scoping study for a world class fermentation centre
$40,000 to create a West/North-West Coast Winter Events programme, developing events similar to Devonport Jazz and Dark Mofo
$40,000 to the Mt Roland Fire & Light Project to stage a trial festival over five days that will light-up the North-West face of Mt Roland and transform Sheffield into a drawcard festival destination
Eric Hutchinson welcomed the funding announced today.
"It is important that we create an environment for these businesses to reinvest and grow, allowing them to employ more Tasmanians" Mr Hutchinson said
"This funding will create jobs during construction, see a growth in tourism industry and enhance this very popular new tourism destination." Mr Hutchinson said
These measures build on the Coalition's significant on-going support for Australia's tourism industry, which is growing at a record pace.
A record 7.1 million international visitors arrived in Australia in the year to March, including more than one million Chinese tourists.
"Tourism infrastructure is one of five National Investment Priorities, backing the growth of this key industry which supports around a million jobs, and as a result our tourism industry is booming.
"We are seeing record numbers of tourists arriving on our shores, and by creating opportunities for growth in the sector, we will continue to see more visitors," Mr Hutchinson said.
The Turnbull Liberal Team is committed to investing in projects that continue to deliver jobs and growth to Tasmania.