Liberals upgrade boating, camping and fishing infrastructure


The Federal Liberal Government has today announced funding for nine infrastructure projects across Tasmania as part of its plan for a strong economy and a stronger future.

Seven projects in the electorates of Bass and Lyons will receive $550,700 to build new and upgrade existing boating, camping and fishing infrastructure as part of the Liberals’ $20 million Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities program.

Liberal Member for Bass Bridget Archer said the Liberals were focused on investing in local infrastructure across northern Tasmania.

“We know Australians love to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be pitching a tent, taking the tinnie out, or casting a line,” Mrs Archer said.

“This investment will help ensure northern Tasmania has the amenities our community needs to enjoy this great Australian pastime well into the future.

“Our government has also committed an additional $20 million toward an extension of this program, should we be re-elected.”

Liberal Candidate for Lyons Susie Bower said that delivering better community infrastructure was all part of her plan for Lyons.

“This investment will make our regional areas more attractive to visitors, boosting local tourism and supporting our economic recovery.

“Only through the Liberal’s strong economic management can we continue to deliver important local infrastructure projects like this for regional Tasmania.”

Tasmanian Minister for Local Government and Sport and Recreation Nic Street said recreational fishing is a great pastime and is a strong part of the Tasmanian way of life.

“It is enjoyed by many Tasmanians of all ages and these grants will help to get more people active and appreciating the outdoors,” Minister Street said.

The new projects in Bass and Lyons are:

  • $90,000 for Flinders Island Council to install powered camping sites and fishing upgrades across four Flinders Island locations.
  • $50,000 for the Dorset Council to build a new playground at the eastern end of the Derby Park campground.
  • $150,000 for the Kentish Council to upgrade the Kentish park, including new amenities, and a new picnic shelter with seating and barbeques.
  • $24,700 for the Derwent Valley Council to make fishing accessibility improvements on the Derwent River, including picnic shelters, table settings and seating at various locations.
  • $80,000 for the Northern Midlands Council to upgrade the Tooms Lake camping area, including new toilet facilities.
  • $96,000 for the Central Highlands Council to renew the toilet block and picnic area at Dunrobin Park.
  • $60,000 for the Meander Valley Council to renew and upgrade the Huntsman Lake boat ramp.

Fast Facts:

  • The $20 million Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program was a 2019 election commitment. This funding announcement is part of the existing $20 million program.
  • An additional $20 million was committed by a re-elected Federal Liberal Government to extend the Recreational Fishing and Camping Facilities Program on 23 April 2022.