6 November 2019
Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s iconic visitor destinations and a major visitor draw card, expected to attract up to 339,000 visitors by 2020. That is why the Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to delivering the Cradle Mountain Master Plan and has made an unprecedented investment of $56.8 million for the development of essential infrastructure at the new Visitor Gateway and at Dove Lake.
The Gateway Precinct, which sits outside of the National Park and World Heritage Area, presents an outstanding opportunity to provide a unique visitor experience through partnership with private investment.
To deliver the best outcome for the Cradle Mountain Gateway development, we are now offering either a leasehold or a freehold option for the development envelope, within the Gateway Precinct, to facilitate the development of village and visitor infrastructure.
It is vital that we get this once-in-a-generation development right; this is a strategic project and providing the option of either leasehold or freehold will ensure we attract the right proponent, who will invest in the community, creating local jobs while ensuring the ongoing protection of the environmental and cultural values of this magnificent region.
The original REOI saw a number of high-quality proposals received, across either individual elements of the development or for the overall development. Fit out of the new café and negotiations for a short term lease with a suitable operator are already underway and the Government is also progressing discussions for a staff accommodation development.
Our plan will ensure the visitor experience at Cradle Mountain matches the spectacular beauty of the area, as well as increasing investment in the Cradle Coast region, boosting the visitor economy and creating jobs.
With the freehold option now on the table we are seeking new proposals for the Gateway Precinct with submissions to our agent Colliers International to close on 12 December 2019.