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Liberals must back Mona Foma in North

  • Labor committed $8 million to deliver festival to Launceston
  • Move would boost economy, tourist visitors and give international exposure
  • The Premier should back Labor’s commitment

Tasmanian Labor Leader Rebecca White used her address to the Better Together 2018 Tasmanian Tourism Conference to call on the Liberals to match Labor’s $8 million commitment to bring Mona Foma to Launceston.

In her address, Ms White said:


“It is appropriate that we are here in Launceston to make specific mention of Labor’s $8 million commitment to bring Mona Foma to Launceston.

“I urge the Premier not to hold out and to provide funding for this truly game-changing opportunity.

“Bringing this event to Launceston helps to spread the benefit these cultural events bring to Tasmania with many interstate visitors attending and ticking all the boxes with respect to the type of visitor we want for our state. They spend, they stay, they disperse, they become repeat visitors and advocates for Tasmania.”


Ms White said that after nine years of MoFo in Hobart, event organisers were now looking to translate the festival’s success to Launceston to generate increased economic activity, tourist numbers and international exposure.

“It was a Labor Government that backed the original Mona Foma before the world had even heard of MONA,” Ms White said.

“It was Labor that supported Dark Mofo in the middle of winter.

“The festivals have become massive drawcards and have led to significant marketing exposure for Hobart.

“Now there is an opportunity to bring that exposure to Northern Tasmania.

“We call upon the Liberals to back Mona Foma’s move to Launceston by investing to match Labor’s $8 million commitment.

“Labor shares Mona’s vision to create the most talked about festival in the world in Launceston and to provide a massive boost to the economic activity through the arts.

“We call on the Premier to match Labor’s commitment and provide a deserved boost to the local economy and arts scene in Tasmania’s North.”