Tourism body wants compensation for operator


(eTN) – The Freycinet Tourism Board is calling for action from the Tasmanian Government after the demise of a fledgling eco-tourism business.

The Board’s written to the Tourism Minister seeking compensation for the operators of the Freycinet Escape, which was forced to close after 3 months because a sea eagle’s nest was found at the site.

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Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show the Parks and Wildlife Department knew about the nest in 2003.

The Tourism Board’s chairman, Neal McDermott, says the owners deserve compensation, and potential investors need security.

“But we’re also asking the Minister to develop a clear comprehensive plan for a holistic vision for tourism development across all national parks and to ensure that adequate protocols and procedures are established,” he said.