Big screen, ski slope tourism plans

NORTHERN Tasmania could be set for a tourism boost next season through two projects approved by the Launceston City Council yesterday.

The council unanimously backed Alderman Tony Peck's motion to investigate with Cityprom whether it could mount a large information screen at the corner of the Brisbane Street Mall, or The Avenue, and St John Street.

Alderman Peck said the screen would be used to display regional events and it could earn the council revenue from advertising.

Alderman Hugh McKenzie said the screen could revitalise the city centre, drawing people there to the benefit of central businesses.

The project's cost is so far unknown as it would depend on the type of screen and its size.

Council infrastructure director Harry Galea said an outdoor touchscreen would be a better option but Alderman Peck said the screens would surely be damaged and needed to be high to grab attention.

The council unanimously agreed to lease part of Heritage Forest, Invermay, to a dry ski slope development.

The ski slope, for tube rides is expected to be operational by October.

The council agreed to lease part of Heritage Forest to Dry Slopes for five years at a $4500 cost the first year, to rise by $200 each year after.

The council will spend $10,000 to develop a 24-space gravel car park to service the business and a nearby off- leash dog park.

The project is expected to employ up to 16 people.

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