Senator secures $30 million for Cradle Mountain Masterplan

In yet another major win, Senator Steve Martin has obtained $30 million in funding for the Cradle Mountain Masterplan. The new funding, which Senator Martin secured in negotiations with the Federal Government, promises to be a major boost to Tasmania’s economy, allowing the tourism industry to scale new heights around one of the state’s premier attractions.  

The Federal Government funding, announced alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today, follows Senator Martin’s announcement yesterday of $4.8 million for the Cradle Coast Coastal Pathway.  Together, these add to Senator Martin’s already impressive list of wins for Tasmania since taking office in February. These include $125,000 for an agricultural export funding package, $100,000 for a fruit fly bio-security campaign, and being instrumental in strengthening the future of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme.  
“The $30 million of funding negotiated for the delivery of the Cradle Mountain Masterplan is another proud moment during my relatively short time in the Senate,” Senator Martin said. “It will further bolster Tasmania’s reputation as a premier tourist destination, and strengthen communities through the economic and social benefits that will flow from the stronger visitor numbers. The delivery of the masterplan will go a long way towards Tasmania achieving its vision of attracting 1.5 million visitors annually to the State by 2020. 

“The masterplan identifies that the aging infrastructure within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area needs revitalising to attract more tourists.  The masterplan highlights investments of $160 million for visitor facilities including Dove Lake revitalisation, a World Heritage Village, a cable way and more accommodation will draw more tourists to the area. Forecasts project that the delivery of the masterplan will result in $29 million per year of additional economic activity to the area and create 120 long-term jobs.”  

The masterplan was developed by the Cradle Coast Authority, the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, the National Parks Service and the Kentish Council.