More tourism infrastructure funding for the West Coast

Roger Jaensch, Liberal Member for Braddon

8 May 2017

Tasmania's West Coast is an important growth destination for tourism and the Hodgman Liberal Government will commit a further $400,000 in the 2017-18 Budget specifically for tourism infrastructure on the West Coast.

This will build on the previous outcomes of the West Coast Working Group, with the funds to be used to improve and enhance public infrastructure to support tourism experiences in the region.

Tasmania is experiencing a tourism boom, and more and more visitors are heading to the West Coast, taking the time to see what this part of the state offers with its rich convict and industrial heritage, rugged natural beauty and the unique West Coast lifestyle.

Since 2014, West Coast visitor numbers have grown at a similar rate to Tasmania as a whole, off a much lower base, increasing by 17 per cent to almost 47,000 in the 2016 December quarter alone.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to the West Coast and this has been shown by our recent $9.5 million commitment to CMT to undertake a number of projects essential for the re-start of operations at Queenstown's Mt Lyell mine, bringing forward a potential restart by more than six-months.

Other projects we have committed to include: $18 million for the West Coast Wilderness Railway, $5.2 million for the Strahan Road upgrade, $8 million for the Murchison Highway upgrade and $250,000 towards a $500,000 interest free loan facility funded with the RACT.

With the Budget back on track the Hodgman Government is getting on with the job of reinvesting in the region, stimulating the local economy and generating jobs.