Libs pledge $200,000 to develop Cataract Gorge

THE Tasmanian Liberals would contribute $200,000 towards increasing the profile of Launceston's Cataract Gorge, if successful at next Saturday's poll.

Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said the funds would enable the Launceston City Council and Tourism Northern Tasmania to liaise with the community to develop a vision for the tourist attraction.

``We will provide funding to develop and implement a blue-print for future development in the Cataract Gorge and Trevallyn Reserves,'' Mr Hodgman said.

``As part of this planning process, we will also identify opportunities for attracting events to the area that will bring tourists and locals to the Gorge.

``We will set aside a portion of the funding to make such an event possible.

``We know that events can stimulate significant economic activity and create jobs in our tourism industry and our commitment today will make that possible for the Cataract Gorge,'' Mr Hodgman said yesterday.

He said any future development would need to be ``in keeping with the unique location'' but recognise the needs of the tourism industry, council and community.

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