$1.7 million commitment for Launceston tramways heritage tourism hub proposal

Boost for Unique Local Tourism Opportunity

Kim Booth MP

The Tasmanian Greens today (Saturday, 13th February 2010) released their $1.7 million support package, Putting the Launceston Trams back on Track for the Launceston Tram Inveresk Heritage Tourism Hub proposal, which has been developed by the Launceston Tramway Museum Society.

Greens Member for Bass, Kim Booth MP, who was joined by Greens Leader Nick McKim MP to launch the commitment at Festivale in Launceston, said that the historic tram project was an exciting opportunity to create a unique northern Tasmanian heritage tourism attraction that would also boost other local businesses.

“Putting our local Launceston heritage trams back on track at the original Inveresk tramshed is a great and exciting opportunity,” Mr Booth said.

“The Greens are ready to deliver the necessary funds to get Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Heritage Tourism Hub proposal up and running, which is the main assistance being requested by the Management Committee.”

The Greens’ $1.7 million support package for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Heritage Transport Hub includes:

  • $1,220,000 for Stage 1Launceston’s proposed new Heritage Transport Hub, and Museum extension at Inveresk
  • $200,000 for overhead power to be provided to the Inveresk tram track
  • $280,000 over four years to employ a Project Manager

“This nationally significant collection will value-add to the historic Inveresk site and will assist it to develop into an iconic large scale heritage attraction. Tourism sites that offer such a unique and genuine experience on this scale become the engine drivers of local economies, and that is the potential of this proposal.

“This is a positive plan for local tourism, local jobs and local businesses.”

“This diligent group of people had the vision and the tenacity to undertake such a labor of love collecting and restoring Launceston’s historical municipal trams.  Their vision could now provide a genuine and enduring asset for Launceston and the broader northern region with the project having an identified capacity to attract between 10,000 and 30,000 visitors each year.”

“The Greens are ready to get behind this exciting tourism and heritage proposal and deliver for the broader community,” Mr Booth said.

Mr Booth paid tribute to the years of hard work undertaken by the Launceston Tramway Museum Society and its Management Committee to build up their heritage tramway collection and develop such a comprehensive business case for the proposed Heritage Transport Hub.

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