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Tourism - Golf Trip

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 6 September 2021

Tags: State Budget, Tourism, King Island

Dr WOODRUFF - Minister, the CEO, the chair and a retiring board member travelled to King Island in June this year on what we understand was a golf trip. Was that paid for by the taxpayer?

Mr [JONES?] - It wasn't a golf trip. I haven't been with the chair and another board member on a golf trip.

Mr FITZGERALD - We had a board meeting on King Island, but it wasn't a golf trip. We visited the Cape Wickham golf club to have a look at it, but it wasn't a golf trip.

Unknown - No golfing took place.

Mr FITZGERALD - We had a hit and giggle down the first fairway, all the board and the people at Cape Wickham, just to get a sense for what the course is like, but it wasn't a game of golf. We were there for a board meeting and to meet with industry, which we do regularly around the state.

Mr GUTWEIN - Have you ever been to the course?

Dr WOODRUFF - No, I have been not to that course.

Mr GUTWEIN - I would suggest it's well worth a visit. Barnbougle, in terms of its location on the sea and where it sits, is just outstanding. It's the only way to describe it. That was a board meeting.

Dr WOODRUFF - The context is the pressure that the industry is under and the use of public funding.

Mr GUTWEIN - Again, I think it's quite appropriate for the board of Tourism Tasmania to visit locations in the state. At the same time, it obviously provided some economic fillip for the island as well.

Mr FITZGERALD - And the golfing proposition, I can add, Premier, is still precarious on King Island. We have the world's greatest courses but they're not yet viable in terms of visitation. We'll be visiting the golf courses to talk to them about how we could support that viability to drive demand in May June. If they can build those golf numbers leading into the winter period, then they'll be sustainable. That's what our board does; it goes around the state and talks to industry about how our work can support them.