Will Hodgman, Premier
Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks
A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will invest $35 million in a Cradle Mountain cable-way and iconic new tourism experience that will take Cradle Mountain to the next level.
This will take our total investment in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan to more than $56 million, the largest ever investment in a National Park by any Tasmanian Government.
• We will invest $30 million into a Cradle Mountain cable-way, ensuring visitors have all-year, all-weather access to Dove Lake;
• We will open an EOI process within 100 days of securing majority Government and invest $5 million to develop a sensitive and appropriate iconic tourism experience with the private sector; and
• We will offer a discounted cable-way ticket system for Tasmanians.
Premier Will Hodgman said;
“Our vision is to take Cradle Mountain to the next level.”
“This additional $35 million investment will make Cradle Mountain rival the nation’s other World Heritage sites like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
“It will ensure that the visitor experience at Cradle Mountain matches its spectacular wilderness, and give travellers even more reasons to visit the Cradle Coast region.
“Already more than 250,000 travellers visit Cradle Mountain every year, this investment is expected to see that increase by about 60,000.
“Importantly, this will drive economic growth in the Cradle Coast region, supporting local businesses and creating jobs.
“This commitment, together with the $21.8 million we have already invested in the Gateway Precinct and Dove Lake, demonstrates our strong commitment to the Cradle Mountain Master Plan.”
Minister for Environment and Parks Elise Archer said these were strategic investments that would provide for a world-class visitor experience for locals and visitors alike.
“Our $30 million investment in a cable-way will kick start development, attract private investment and have enormous flow-on benefits for the region,” she said.
“This significant investment is our contribution to the estimated $60 million cost of the cable way, and will form part of a public-private partnership in the asset.
“The discounted ticket system for Tasmanians will ensure locals can access a cheaper cable-way ride and encourage more Tasmanians to experience the wonders of their own backyard.
“Importantly, we will also invest $5 million and within 100 days of winning majority Government we will open an Expressions of Interest process inviting private investors and tourism operators to co-invest in a sensitive and appropriate iconic new tourism experience on the parcel of Crown Land at the southern end of the Gateway Precinct.”
The Premier said investing in tourism infrastructure is a key part of our plan for the State.
“In four years of a majority Liberal Government the number of visitors has increased by about 388,000 a year, visitor spending is up by more than a billion and there are 1,200 more jobs in tourism.
“Under our plan, we will now focus on increasing the time tourists stay here, the amount they spend here, and the places they visit, especially in regional Tasmania.
“This is our vision for Cradle Mountain, backed by real money, and if re-elected, we will deliver it.”