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Federal funding to assist Cradle Mountain shortfall

Cradle Coast CEO Brett Smith (centre), with Federal Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, State Labor Opposition leader Rebecca White (far left), Federal Labor Member for Braddon Justine Keay (far right), and members of the Tasmanian Labor team at the announcement in Burnie on Monday, February 26. 

The Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) welcomes Federal Labor’s $21M commitment to the Cradle Coast region.

The announcement, made in Burnie by Federal Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, included $6M for road upgrades between Detention River and Marrawah, and $15M for visitor infrastructure at Cradle Mountain.

“The CCA welcomes Federal Labor’s commitment, particularly the $15M for Cradle Mountain,” CEO Brett Smith said.  

The Cradle Mountain Master Plan sits at the top of the regional priorities as determined by the region’s local government leaders.

“The Labor and Liberal state election commitments will certainly go towards realising the Cradle Mountain Master Plan, but without the Federal Government chipping in, there is still a shortfall.”

The shortfall based on current forecasts is $52M.

“We need to close that gap to see this significant project come alive.”

Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s premier tourism destination identified by Lonely Planet as number 32 of ‘must-see international destinations’ ahead of Port Arthur (number 416).

“If Tasmania is going to realise its vision to increase visitor numbers to 1.5M by 2020, it needs visitor infrastructure that can compete with other internationally recognised destinations,” Mr Smith said

“Cradle Mountain is integral to Tasmania’s internationally recognised wilderness experience.”

“However, infrastructure at Cradle Mountain fails to deliver on visitor expectations for current visitor numbers, let alone manage expected increases to the region in the future. 

“The gap between visitor expectation and experience will continue to widen unless current deficiencies are addressed.”

The Cradle Mountain Master Plan was jointly developed by the Cradle Coast Authority, Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, National Parks Service and Kentish Council in response to inadequate and aging visitor infrastructure.

The Masterplan identified investments of $160M for public and private visitor facilities comprising Dove Lake revitalisation ($5M), World Heritage Village ($38M), cable way ($50- 60M) and additional accommodation ($60m).

Cradle Mountain commitment a welcome boost

The Cradle Coast Authority welcomes the Hodgman Liberal Government’s commitment of $35 million to the Cradle Mountain Master Plan.

Premier Will Hodgman announced today an investment of $30 million in a Cradle Mountain cable-way which will aim to ease issues of access for visitors to Dove Lake.
An additional $5 million has been committed to develop an iconic tourism experience with the private sector.

The announcement comes off the back of Monday’s meeting between the leaders of the Cradle Coast’s councils and the CCA with Premier Will Hodgman, the Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff and Braddon MPs Roger Jaensch and Joan Rylah. 
The Cradle Mountain Master Plan sits at the top of the regional priorities as determined by the region’s local government leaders as presented recently to both the State Government and the State Labor Opposition.
 “We strongly welcome additional funding from the next Tasmanian Government to see this project realised,” CCA Chief Representative and Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde said.

The Opposition leader Rebecca White and Labor Member for Braddon Shane Broad met with the Cradle Coast Authority and Representatives in mid-November and after that meeting advised that Labor’s alternate budget allocated $30 million for the Cradle Mountain Master Plan.
“We thank both parties for their major commitment of funds and interest in investing in our region,” Mayor Bonde said. 

“As a result of working collaboratively and committing to a smaller number of significant regional priorities, we are doing less, doing it better and doing it together.”   
“The visitor economy is clearly a priority for the State Government, and we welcome their commitment to honouring the revitalisation of a tourist-attracting icon such as Cradle Mountain,” Chair of the CCA Sid Sidebottom said. 
“We are also thrilled at the opportunities that spring from private investment, and strongly welcome the announcement of the Expression of Interest process for the development proposal at the Gateway Precinct.
“Cradle Mountain is the number one tourism destination in the State. It’s in our region and we want to see the infrastructure that supports the Cradle Mountain experience greatly improved.  
“We now call on the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition Leader to complement this funding to guarantee not just a revitalised Cradle Mountain experience, but to invest in what is a world-leading nature-based tourism icon,” Mr Sidebottom said. 

Councils release shared services project report

The Minister for Planning and Local Government and the Cradle Coast Representatives recently attended a joint briefing on the Cradle Coast Authority Shared Services Project report.
The report explored opportunities for improving the delivery of council services.
The report noted that the Cradle Coast regional councils have been collaborating in various forms, and that more significant benefits can be realised through a broader application of shared service arrangements across the Councils.
We acknowledge that the report suggests potential savings of $9m, a figure which can only be verified as we explore the recommendations in more detail and noting that this figure does not factor in initial investment costs.
While we are currently working together in areas including procurement, information technology and waste management, we welcome the report as we are continually looking at ways to proactively deliver services in the best interest of our ratepayers.

PICTURED: Minister for Local Government Peter Gutwein, Cradle Coast Authority Chief Representative and Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde, and Deputy Chief Representative and Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney.