Labor invests in Lyons to make our region the "Short Walks Capital of Tasmania"

An Anthony Albanese Labor Government will provide a boost to our local economy by investing in tourism opportunities across the Kentish and Meander Valley Council areas.

If elected, Labor will commit $125,270 towards a new plan to make the Kentish and Meander Valley Council areas the ‘Short Walks Capital of Tasmania’.

It’s been a tough few years for local businesses but we know that investing in new and exciting tourism opportunities will not only make the most of our incredible natural environment, but it will also attract more visitors to our region who will spend their money here, providing a much needed boost to the local economy as we recover from the pandemic. 

The facts don’t lie. The most recent Tasmania Visitor Study found that the average spend per bushwalking visitor was $3,448 per person with an average visitation of 12.7 nights – $826 more than the average overall visitor spend. 

That is why, if elected, Labor will partner with Kentish Council and Meander Valley Council to harness this opportunity and deliver a network of bushwalking tracks across hinterlands of both municipalities.

This investment will encourage visitors to Kentish and Meander Valley LGAs to stay longer, spend more and help our local economy recover from the pandemic quicker. 

Federal Labor Lyons MP Brian Mitchell said this commitment was “an exciting opportunity for the region and one I am proud to champion”.

“Lyons is blessed with some of Tasmania’s best natural landmarks and walking country, particularly across the Meander Valley and Kentish LGAs. 

“Labor’s investment will allow Tasmanian tourism operators to develop new walking experiences and transform these areas into a national bushwalking drawcard while at the same time maximising the opportunities for local businesses to have more customers walk through their doors and invest in our communities.”