Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader
In questioning from the Greens during Budget Estimates today, Minister Groom confirmed the world renowned Eden Project has expressed interest in establishing its first Southern Hemisphere base in Hobart at Macquarie Point.
The Eden Project in Cornwall, England, is one of the world's most impressive and most visited ecotourism destinations. With its ethos of restoration, conservation, education and community engagement, the Eden Project is a perfect fit for Tasmania.
It would significantly enhance the strength of our natural brand.
Given the success of the Eden Project as a visitor attraction and its global recognition, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Tasmania.
Just imagine how fantastic it would be for our beautiful city and for the State to be able to secure the first Southern Hemisphere base for the Eden Project.
A Tasmanian Eden Project would be a crowning jewel in our ecotourism market.
Unfortunately, the Minister would not disclose to the Committee when representatives of the Eden Project first expressed interest in establishing a Tasmanian base at Macquarie Point.
We trust he hasn't been sitting on the proposal, potentially sending the wrong message to the organisation and risking this opportunity for the State's visitor economy and brand.
We hope Minister Groom doesn't remain blinkered by thinking ecotourism requires intrusion into wilderness areas and can see that an innovative project like this on the edge of the Hobart CBD would draw people from around the globe.