June 7, 2022
Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Building and Housing
Tasmania is blessed with scenic locations, food and wine, an iconic heritage and a distinct seasonal climate, and our tourism industry has been able to capitalize on these unique and natural advantages.
The expression of interest process for tourism opportunities in Tasmanian Government National Parks, Reserves and Crown Lands (EOI) is being improved to ensure a continuous pathway for private operators to develop sustainable, sensitive and appropriate tourist attractions across the state, to finalize the implementation of the Auditor General’s 2020 report and consider additional information on its operation.
We take our responsibility to manage Tasmania’s parks and reserves seriously and we also understand the importance of our tourism industry to our local economy, communities and families.
Tourism remains one of our largest industries and remains essential to our economy and our jobs.
The Tasmanian Government remains committed to implementing the Tourism EOI process and the important role it plays in delivering job-creating tourism projects in regional areas of the state while maintaining natural and cultural values.
The tourism EOI process incorporates a first-level filter of projects at the “design stage” to ensure that an accessible, fair, consistent, and statewide approach is maintained in the evaluation of tourism proposals. commercial tourism on public lands.
Since we began our Tourism EOI process in 2014, he has made a valuable contribution to realizing the Tasmanian Government’s vision to grow the tourism industry so that it continues to create jobs and economic benefits throughout the state.
When fully realized, the projects that have been approved through the process will invest over $85 million to attract more tourists to Tasmania, creating approximately 274 permanent jobs for Tasmanians.
From Maydena Bike Park in the Derwent Valley to the Blue Derby Pods Ride in the North East, we’ve seen big projects become big successes with the help of the tourism EOI process.
A comprehensive review was undertaken of the Tourism EOI process which included recommendations from the September 2020 Auditor General’s Report and incorporated input from the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT), the Tourism Assessment Committee EOI and the Tasmanian Department of Natural Resources and Environment. (NRET).
The Auditor General’s review of the tourism EOI process found it to be effective, consistent and transparent. We are committed to further improving the process and are implementing all of the Auditor General’s recommendations and other changes, including:
- increase accessibility by requiring current and new developers to advance their projects in a timely manner;
- the redesign of the composition of the evaluation panel of the EOI of tourism;
- seek additional advice at an early stage on proposals from relevant Aboriginal organisations, extend the current practice of seeking advice from Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania, and
- increase the amount of information made public on existing proposals.
Through the continuation and improvement of the tourism EOI process, we are helping to revitalize regions by attracting more visitors, helping to ensure that visitors stay longer, spend more and travel more widely.
Details of existing proposals and summary statistics can be found on the Co-ordinator General’s website – cg.tas.gov.au
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