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Hellyers Road ‘a major new tourist attraction for the NW’



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Hellyers Road ‘a major new tourist attraction for the NW’

Friday, 1 September 2006

The Federal Member for Braddon, Mark Baker, officially opened a major new tourist attraction for North-West Tasmania - the Hellyers Road Distillery Interpretation Centre - in Burnie today.

Mr Baker said the Whisky Tasmania Pty Ltd development would lead to the creation of up to 25 direct jobs, both in the visitors centre, and in bottling, maintenance and management, and another 30 associated jobs.

He said the Australian Government had supported the development through two grants totalling over $840,000.

“Regional Partnerships program funding of more than $730,000 assisted Whisky Tasmania Pty Ltd with the construction of the visitor interpretation centre, café and retail outlet,” Mr Baker said.

“While a grant of $110,000 under the Howard Government’s Sustainable Regions program helped with the establishment of the bottling plant.

“We had to fight hard to secure this funding for Whisky Tasmania, but we delivered because we truly believe in the project.

“The Interpretation Centre will become a major new attraction, and is set to entice international whisky connoisseurs and add to the North-West’s appeal as a tourist destination.”

Mr Baker congratulated general manager Laurie House and the Board of Betta Milk, the owners of Whisky Tasmania, on bringing the project to fruition.

“While today marks the official opening of the Hellyers Road Distillery Interpretation Centre it is also the culmination of years of hard work by Laurie House and the Board of Betta Milk,” he said.