The latest information from the Cradle Coast Authority.
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).