Greens push national park for Tarkine

A TARKINE national park will be created and protected under legislation if the Greens win enough seats at Saturday's election.

Yesterday Greens leader Nick McKim and Braddon Greens MHA Paul O'Halloran announced the party's tourism policy, which would see the establishment of a Tarkine national park.

The $12-million 10-year plan is  aimed at improving visitor numbers to more than 250,000 a year and  creating an adventure tourism mecca for the country, not just the state.

The Greens say the plan will support 1100 existing jobs and will bring more than $58 million a year into the state's economy.

``We are putting our money where our mouth is,'' Mr O'Halloran said.

``We are investing in the Tarkine . . . there are some places that are too special to mine, and I believe the Tarkine is one of them.''

Mr O'Halloran said the Greens would still support mining projects and   there was always a place for mining investment in the state, but  the Tarkine could be an ``iconic destination'' for the North-West.

The Greens' 10-year tourism plan includes:

hp0 $5 million to establish a   Tarkine Sustainable Development Authority based at Burnie.

hp0 $2 million to Tourism Tasmania specifically for North-West Coast tourism promotion.

hp0 $500,000 to make the North-West a campervan and motorhome ``RV friendly'' destination, including upgrading visitor information and  facilities and the development of a touring route.

hp0 $1 million for the establishment of a tourism management and hospitality training hub at Devonport to improve tourism training and job skills to service the tourism industry.

 hp0 $1 million to develop an Adventure Tourism strategy for the North-West and West coasts.

The establishment of a Tarkine national park is part of the Greens' tourism policy.

The establishment of a Tarkine national park is part of the Greens' tourism policy.


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