Libs and Labor must cough up Cradle Mountain Cash

Click below to view Jacqui Lambie at Cradle Mountain

Independent JLN Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has demanded that both the Liberal and Labor parties commit to $30M of Federal funding for the Cradle Mountain Tourist master plan, following the release of unemployment statistics which showed that 4100 Tasmanian jobs vanished in eight months.

“Its now time for the political games to stop and for the major parties to deliver a win / win for the unemployed and small businesses of Tasmanian.  A $30m federal government investment into the Cradle Mountain Master Tourism Plan must be coughed up and promised by both Labor and Liberals before the election.

This money will kick-start a world class tourism wilderness development which will:

  • Inject $30 million into the state economy each year,
  • Ignite a $160 million public-private tourism development for Cradle Mountain featuring Cradle Chairlift and an alpine wilderness village
  • Attract an extra 60,000 visitors a year and
  • Deliver hundreds of new Tasmanian jobs.
This development opportunity comes at a time when the unemployment figures prove that all the Liberal’s talk about jobs and growth in Tasmanian is just that – empty, shallow, meaningless talk.

If the federal Liberals do not commit to a development that all Tasmanian local government authorities are crying out for - and the Liberal state government has already promised $15M for – then it is clear they have taken Tasmanian voters support for granted.

No amount of flash political advertising and signs will make up for the laziness and incompetence of the Liberal MPs’ and Senators for the last 2.5 years - and the loss of Tasmanian jobs and business growth their laziness and incompetence has caused,” said Senator Lambie.

“Today, Ian Waller the regional Tourism Manger of Cradle Coast Authority agreed with myself and JLN Senate Candidate and Devonport Mayor Steve Martin that if both political parties promised $30M it was a win / win for Tasmania. Mr Waller then reminded us that - we don’t build the Cradle Project, which is something purely for the North West.

If we get $30 M from the Feds and we get our contribution from the state – it will be a great project for the north-west – but it will be an enormous project for the whole of the state of Tasmania” said Senator Lambie.