Today Premier Hon Will Hodgman MP, Destination Southern Tasmania CEO Melinda Anderson, Kingborough Mayor Steve Wass and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Managing Director Robert Pennicott launched the Bruny Island Destination Action Plan.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys has contributed $50,000 towards the goal of improving the visitor infrastructure on the Island. This contribution has been matched by the Kingborough Council and State Government.
“I am really proud to commit to this plan for Bruny Island. I wanted to contribute towards the cost of actioning this plan to ensure it did not sit on the shelf. The support of the State Government and Kingborough Council means that we have $150,000 to put towards these projects,” Robert Pennicott said.
Some of the initial infrastructure projects for Bruny Island include in the south, maintenance to the Fluted Cape Walk and in the north, an interpretation Trail through Dennes Point. The projects were chosen by the Destination Action Plan leadership group which includes representatives from the Kingborough Council, Bruny Island Tourism Inc., Bruny Island Environmental Network, Primary Industries, Bruny Island Advisory Committee, Bruny Island Community Association, Department of State Growth and Destination Southern Tasmania.
Destination Southern Tasmania CEO Melinda Anderson said that this is one of 32 action plans for the state. For Bruny Island the other projects in the plan include parking, signage, beach access, maintenance of tracks and trails, visitor lookouts and visitor information.
Kingborough Mayor Steve Wass said the Bruny Island Destination Action Plan has a practical short term focus to enhance the visitor experience and maximise benefits for the Bruny Island community. “Robert Pennicott has again shown himself as a tourism leader for not only Bruny Island but the State,” Mr Wass said.
The goal of the plan is to improve the visitor experience of the Island’s natural and cultural assets, increase visitor satisfaction, visitor dispersal (geographic and seasonal), length of stay and visitors spend.