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Baker announces $200,000 to fast-track Tarkine Development Plan.

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Baker announces $200,000 to fast-track Tarkine Development Plan Friday, 8 September 2006

The Federal Member for Braddon, Mark Baker MP, has today announced that the Australian Government will provide a $200,000 grant to fast-track the Tarkine Development Plan.

Mr Baker announced the funding by a video message to a tourism forum at Tall Timbers, Smithton this morning.

He said the funding had been made available through the Howard Government’s Tourism and Conservation Initiative.

“I have been involved in ongoing discussions with the Hon. Fran Bailey, the Minister for Tourism, to secure this grant for $200,000, and I am pleased to be able to make this announcement,” Mr Baker said.

“This funding demonstrates the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to developing the Tarkine as a tourism attraction for Tasmania’s North-West.

“The Tasmanian Community Forest Agreement has enabled the Tarkine tourism experience to be developed.

“We are determined to find a balance between tourism and conservation.

“The Tarkine Development Plan proposed by the Cradle Coast Authority provides an opportunity to develop partnerships with key stakeholders in the region to protect the environmental values while developing the tourism potential of the area.

“The Tarkine holds a great untapped potential for tourism development in Tasmania’s North-West.

“We must take advantage of our natural attractions through responsible and sustainable development.”

Mr Baker thanked the Hon. Fran Bailey, Minister for Tourism, for her ongoing support for Tasmania’s tourism industry.