The Liberal Government is taking action to transform Tasmania into the environmental tourism capital of the world.
To achieve this we must make it easier for tourists, and Tasmanians, to access and enjoy our extraordinary natural assets.
Last week the first opportunity for developers and tourism operators to submit Expressions of Interest for sensible and appropriate tourism developments in our National Parks and World Heritage Area closed.
We are very pleased to report that, in a fantastic result for our state, 37 Expressions of Interest have been submitted.
The EOI process has attracted a wide range of new and exciting proposals, from nature based experiences through to accommodation and associated tourism related infrastructure.
The process has been described by the tourism industry as a ‘game-changer’, and this has been confirmed by the fact that 37 investors have put new and exciting ideas on the table to help draw more tourists to our wilderness areas.
This result demonstrates that there is extraordinary level of interest in the tourism potential of Tasmania.
The 37 proposals received in the EOI process will now be assessed through a two stage process. Stage 1 will involve high-level assessment against 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.
Proposals will be assessed against these criteria by an Assessment Panel consisting of the new Coordinator General, Mr John Perry; the Secretary of DPIPWE, Dr John Whittington; the CEO of Tourism Tasmania, Mr John Fitzgerald; the Chair of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee, Mr Malcolm Wells; and an independent member, Mr Rohan Boman.
Proposals which pass the Stage 1 assessment will then proceed to Stage 2 of the process and will be asked to provide a more detailed proposal.
Details of the individual EOIs received will remain confidential while assessment takes place. Normal approvals processes and public consultation will apply to proposals which are assessed as viable and appropriate to proceed.
The closure of the first EOI period is the beginning, not the end, of the Liberal Government’s push to make Tasmania the environmental capital of the world.
Due to the overwhelming interest in the current EOI process, the Government will ensure that there are opportunities to participate in future EOI processes.
Unlike our predecessor, the Liberal Government wants to be the best place in Australia to do business, and we will always remain open to new ideas.
Source:- Tourism Tasmania