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Tourism venture creates new jobs for Tasmania

14 November 2013

Tasmania’s economic rebuilding will be helped by the creation of at least 14 jobs and thousands of tourists thanks to new upmarket wilderness and gourmet food cruises to Bruny Island, launched today by award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.

Australian Government assistance has enabled Pennicott Wilderness Journeys to introduce the specialised, luxury short cruises after purchasing three custom-built West Australian vessels, and two commuter buses. The Australian Government contributed $460,000 from the Tasmanian Innovation and Investment Fund towards the $1.3 million project.

The Fund is part of the Australian Government’s Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania, aimed at enhancing Tasmania’s competitiveness and investment prospects to boost employment, real wage growth and opportunities for businesses.

The $8 million Fund, delivered by AusIndustry, supports projects that diversify the Tasmanian economy. The 28 projects supported through the Fund are expected to generate almost $20 million of investment and create more than 260 new jobs.

Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, has congratulated Pennicott Wilderness Journeys on the official launch of the Tasmanian Seafood Seduction, Iron Pot Cruises, and full-day Bruny Island Traveller tours.

“Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is showcasing Tasmania’s breathtaking natural beauty, produce, and abundant wildlife to the world – and at the same time creating at least 14 full-time local jobs in the first year, with six already in place,” Mr Macfarlane said.

More than 6,000 tourists are expected to take one of the cruises in the first year.

“Over five years, as the company invests in more vessels, an additional 41 people from the local community are expected to be employed as skippers, deck hands, bus drivers and in administration,” Mr Macfarlane said.

Media Contacts: Minister Macfarlane's office 02 6277 7070