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Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016
Today, I congratulate Tasmanian Boat Charters on signing a lease and licence agreement under our Expressions of Interest process and the launch of this new vessel Odalisque in Hobart.
The lease helps open further opportunities for one of the most remarkable, remote and rugged pieces of Tasmania; Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, which have previously been out of reach for many travellers.
Owner/operator Pieter Van Der Woude will be able to moor his custom built 20-metre vessel Odalisque within the Port Davey area of South West National Park, with the permanent mooring to have a minimal impact on the sea-bed and surrounds.
The vessel will be a floating boutique hotel, without the need for on-land infrastructure, minimising any footprint on the World Heritage Area.
It provides guests with a base from which to explore our incredible wilderness with expert guides; to go scuba diving, kayaking or bird watching before enjoying a meal that showcases our world-class produce that’s prepared by an on-board chef.
In the past, visitors hoping to experience Port Davey by boat had their access limited by the whim of the weather, which could be discouraging for some or cause delays and cancellations for others.
Now, visitors will travel by aircraft to Melaleuca, where the Odalisque crew will meet them and transport them to the vessel, a short boat ride away in Port Davey.
The venture will also create four new full-time jobs, made-up of a skipper, deck-hand, chef, interpreters on a rotating roster and a full time tourism manager based in Hobart.
Tasmanian Boat Charters is a great example of what can be achieved through this Government’s vision to make Tasmania the ecotourism capital of the world, through the EOI process.
The charter is one of four projects that have now signed lease and licensing agreements, while another 12 have progressed to lease and licence negotiations and nine are undergoing further assessment by the expert panel.
The EOI process represents an opportunity to attract up to $70 million worth of investment and the creation of up to 300 jobs.
The economic return to the State of the EOI projects is estimated at nearly $30 million per annum.
The government remains absolutely committed to the proper protection of natural and cultural heritage within our parks and reserves. All projects that are approved through the EOI process will need to comply with statutory frameworks.