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14 June 2018


Minister for Parks

Investing in the future of our National Parks

The 2018-18 Budget delivers on our commitments to take our world-renowned National Parks and reserves to the next level.

We will ensure that our natural assets are protected for generations to come and that the experience matches the expectations of visitors and locals alike as we continue to push towards our goal of becoming the environmental tourism capital of the world.

The Budget will invest $31 million to take allow even more people to sustainably enjoy National Parks and unrivalled natural environment.

Our investment includes $16 million in our icon experiences, including;

  • Better infrastructure for Maria Island – $4 million.
  • Overland Track hut renovation – $3 million.
  • Diana’s Basin and Humbug Point camping site upgrades – $1.5 million.
  • Tasman National Park Gateway including at the Devils Kitchen and Tasman Arch facilities upgrade - $1 million.
  • Cockle Creek facilities upgrade – $800,000.
  • Sarah Island visitor amenities improvement – $450 000.
  • Stanley Nut visitor amenities upgrade – $450,000.
  • Jacobs Ladder shuttle bus carpark upgrade – $400,000.
  • Revitalising the historic Bond Store, Strahan – $300 000.
  • Visitor amenity improvements at Highfield House, Stanley – $250,000.

We will also invest $7 million to boost rangers and frontline staff, and $8 million to future-proof infrastructure.

These initiatives are in addition to the $60 million co-investment with the Commonwealth Government to develop a new, iconic cableway experience at Cradle Mountain, and our $21.8 million investment in a new gateway precinct at Dove Lake visitors all year, all weather access.

The Government’s vision is for Tasmania to be the environmental tourism capital of the world and we want every region of Tasmania to share in the tourism boom.

Importantly, we are committed to ensuring that our natural assets are protected for generations to come and the experiences match the expectations of both locals and visitors alike.

The Budget delivers on our Plan for targeted, sustainable growth in tourism which protects what’s special about Tasmania and importantly, boosts jobs and the visitor economy in every region of Tasmania.