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Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

7 September 2017

Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure
Liberal Member for Lyons

Woolmers Visitor Centre development to drive tourism

Woolmers Estate is one of Tasmania’s most unique and remarkable cultural heritage assets and it was my pleasure today to hand over the final instalment of State Government funding for the Woolmers Visitor Centre redevelopment.

The development has produced a contemporary multi-purpose visitor centre that will serve as the gateway to the Brickendon and Woolmers Estates World Heritage Site.

Tourism in Tasmania is booming and we want to continue the momentum and attract even more people to our state, which is why we actively supported this development and committed $1.75 million to the project prior to the 2014 election.

We are on track to meet our goal to attract 1.5 million visitors to the state by 2020. As part of our Plan to Build Your Future our focus is now moving to ensuring visitors stay longer and spend more.  We have also set a target for 70 percent of all visitors to stay overnight in our regions so we spread the benefits from our tourism boom.

Quality heritage and tourism attractions like Woolmers Estate provide another reason to head out of our main centres and stay another night.

I look forward to coming back in a few months to celebrate the official opening of the Visitor Centre.

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