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Move for more tourism development in State's natural areas


Expressions of Interest are now open for investors and tourism operators with ideas for sensible and appropriate tourism developments in Tasmania’s national parks and World Heritage Area.

Mt Field National Park provided the backdrop of the State Government’s announcement to unlock the full potential in these areas while contributing to the conservation of Tasmania's natural environment.

Parks Minister Matthew Groom said the process was about venturing off the beaten track to take visitors on a Tasmanian wilderness experience that is genuinely unique and world class.

“Some of Tasmania's most iconic, attractive and visited places are those where outstanding natural and cultural values are complemented by high-quality tourism infrastructure and operations,” he said.

“However, we believe there is potential for further investment in our natural areas to ensure that the capacity for public enjoyment; the conservation of environmental and cultural values and the economic benefit to the broader community is fully realised.”

“The Government is reaching out to private investors and tourism operators to support sensible and appropriate tourism experiences and complementary infrastructure in the Tasmanian Wilderness and World Heritage Area, national parks and reserves.

“The EOI process aims to tap into the creativity and capital of the private sector to encourage new ideas and facilitate outcomes that were previously considered not possible in Tasmania.”

Mr Groom said the initiative was about reducing barriers to appropriate tourism developments and showing the world that Tasmania was open for business.

The proposal has been advertised nationally.

Proposals received in the EOI process will be assessed on a number of criteria, including:

  • The appropriateness of the particular development to a particular site;

  • The qualifications of the proponent to establish and operate the development; and

  • The ability of the proponent to finance the development.

The project will take place in two stages. Stage 1, launched on Saturday 21 June, will run for five months and calls for EOI Submissions that outline Proposed Developments, to be submitted for an initial assessment.

An assessment panel will then provide a recommendation to the Government on whether the Proposed Development should be considered. The Government will then invite selected participants to provide a detailed proposal in Stage 2.

A decision on potential developments will be made on completion of Stage 2 in early 2015.