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Awakening the Gorge at night just part of Labor’s commitment to regional tourism

  • Labor committed to investing in regional tourism projects across Tasmania  
  • Working with the Tourism Industry Council on its priority projects
  • List of projects includes bringing the Cataract Gorge to life at night

The latest State of the Regions report from the Australian Local Government Association reinforces the need to properly invest on our regions.

Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said Labor is ready to back in projects right across Tasmania.

“Labor’s Economic Directions Statement clearly states our priorities and highlights our commitment to investing in regional infrastructure,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Part of that is a $41 million commitment to complete the projects identified by the Tourism Industry Council’s ‘Future Proofing Our Icons’ report*.

“There are 16 excellent projects across Tasmania that will create employment and underpin tourism growth.

“The projects include a $2 million plan to awaken Launceston’s Cataract Gorge at night.

“A new laser light, sound and thematic experience would be built in the Gorge’s First Basin.

“The Gorge is already an iconic attraction but enhancing its appeal during evenings would take it to the next level.

“Labor is proud to work with the Tourism Industry Council and its members to make projects like this one a reality.

“If the Liberals are serious about regional development they should back our positive agenda.”