Boost for North-East tourism

NORTH-East Tasmania is set to receive a tourism and job boost, with one of the biggest construction projects in Tasmania ready to go ahead.

The $185 million Musselroe Bay ecotourism development is now in the detailed design stage after receiving development approval in November.

The project is expected to create 970 new jobs during stage one of construction and 360 full-time jobs after completion.

A resort, world-class 18-hole golf course, 100-room five-star hotel, day spa, cultural centre, and prestigious guest houses and holiday villas will feature in the development.

Construction is planned to start as early as May, and will take five years to complete. Liberal treasury spokesman Peter Gutwein said the Liberals would back the project, promising $5.5 million to upgrade roads in the area if his party won government.

"Upgrading unsealed sections of the main access roads to the site is regarded as crucial to the long-term success of the development," Mr Gutwein said.

"World-class facilities like Musselroe Bay will help drive regional tourism growth, in addition to creating much-needed jobs."

State Labor has already committed to give $5.5 million to improve the road network, provided it is matched by a federal government commitment to complete the $11 million upgrade.

The Dorset Council has pledged $500,000.

The development is situated on a 1900-hectare former grazing property near Great Musselroe River and Mount William National Park.

Melbourne Resort Development is the company behind the project and has appointed CBM Sustainability Group to project manage.

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