The Flinders Wharf Tourism and Innovation Hub, officially opened by Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Bass Nationals candidate Carl Cooper, signals the start of 11 new ongoing permanent jobs on the Island.
Senator Martin said the Nationals in Government contribution of $612,450 amounted to almost half the cost of the $1.361 million project with Quoin Holdings providing the balance.
“I visited the construction site a couple of months ago, was hugely impressed and its great to see it become a reality,” Senator Martin said.
“The project will transform a disused storage shed at the wharf into a hub where visitors and locals can congregate to experience the best of what Flinders Island has to offer.”
“It will transform the island’s capacity to contribute to regional visitor economy goals by offering a unique setting for activities, capitalising on the island’s natural attractions, gourmet produce and niche industries.”
Key features of the project include the renovation of an existing shed to accommodate:
l the new Furneaux Whiskey Distillery
l the relocation and expansion of the current A Taste of Flinders café
l helicopter tour booking office operated by Flinders Island Aviation and Unique Charters
l long- and short-term office space for innovative island businesses and consultants
l a flexible function/conference room providing the highest capacity (90) of any venue on Flinders Island
l a fully-equipped commercial kitchen supporting events, conferences, functions, product development and skills training