Hodgman Govt Announces 2 New Tourism Proposals

Hodgman Govt Announces 2 New Tourism Proposals

Tasmania Minister for Environment and Parks Elise Archer

2 New Exciting Proposals To Boost Tourism

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government is continuing to unlock new opportunities for sensitive and appropriate tourism developments in its stunning natural areas.

Minister for Environment and Parks Elise Archer has announced 2 new projects from award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone have progressed to lease and licence negotiations under our Tourism Opportunities in National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.

A new iconic walking experience in the Southwest National Park has been proposed that will see small groups of visitors fly to Melaleuca and walk the South Coast Track over 7 days.

6 huts will be built along the 86 km track that are designed to be environmentally sensitive, with a minimal footprint to ensure other park users will not be aware of their presence.

“If approved, the walk will complement Mr. Johnstone’s proposal for an overnight guided walk to the South East Cape that is also currently progressing through lease and licence negotiations.” Minister Archer said.

Both proposals are consistent with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan and will need to obtain all relevant Commonwealth and statutory approvals before progressing.

Second project is an overnight experience on Maria Island that will deliver a new overnight visitor journey focusing on the island’s abundant wildlife and multi-layered history.

It would also showcase Tasmania’s wonderful food and wine offerings.

Experience will be based around the World Heritage listed Darlington precinct and will involve the sensitive rebuilding of the historic Adkins House as an overnight accommodation base for guests.

It’s yet another example of how the Government is delivering jobs and an economic boost to our regions while preserving our wonderful natural areas for future generations.

“We have a goal to increase visitor overnight stays in regional areas by 70 % by 2022 and these projects, pending approval, will entice tourists to stay longer in these areas while supporting jobs and providing a welcome economic boost to local businesses.” Minister Archer said.