Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

29 August 2018

Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Parks

More new jobs and development through the tourism in parks EOI process

The Majority Liberal Government is the strongest supporter of tourism, and the jobs it supports right across the state.

Our National Parks and Reserves are one of the key drivers of growth in our visitor economy, with close to half of our tourists saying they come here to see them.

It is why we’ve developed an innovative initiative to receive Expressions of Interest for sensible and appropriate tourism developments in our National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land.

A number of high quality ventures are already operating, and there is now around $70 million worth of investment in the pipeline which will generate around 230 more full time jobs if delivered.

Today I am pleased to announce that three more EOI projects have been granted licenses to proceed.

  • Helicopter tours to spectacular Tasman Island. Rotor-Lift Aviation has been granted a trial licence for recreation and tourism activities on the island, involving scenic flights from Cambridge to the Island. The Parks and Wildlife Service has undertaken a Reserve Activity Assessment to ensure that the flights will not impact on the natural and cultural values of the island or the peninsula. The Assessment has determined that Rotor Lift could be granted a provisional licence.
  • Tasmanian E-Bike Adventures will provide guided bike tours on electronic bikes to ride and explore Maria Island National Park.  The tours take in the sites further afield from the arrival at Darlington -  including historic ruins, sweeping bays and a gourmet Tasmanian bicycle picnic.
  • Nature-based boat tours at Moulting Lagoon on the Freycinet coast.  Moulting Lagoon Eco Tours will commence operating a new water-based tour of the internationally significant wetland, Moulting Lagoon, north of Swansea. This tour will be operating in the near future, under a licence  that was progressed through our EOI process. The tour will take small groups through the lagoon using an electric powered, near silent boat.

Our plan is delivering results, and is designed to unlock new sensible tourism opportunities, continue the growth in our visitor economy and provide more opportunities for people to visit our precious natural areas.

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