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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Rolling campaign for seeing Tasmania - David Bartlett, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Rolling campaign for seeing Tasmania - David Bartlett, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

A campaign encouraging Tasmanians to see more and do more in their State hit the road today.
Mr David Bartlett, Labor Member for Denison, officially launched the Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts’ summer promotional bus – tagged the Go See Tasmania bus – at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
Over the next six weeks, the Go See Tasmania bus will visit all regions of the State providing information and encouraging locals to take holidays at home and to acquaint themselves with unfamiliar or not recently visited parts of Tasmania.
“This bus is a key tool in the campaign to encourage Tasmanians to discover more of their State,” he said.
“It incorporates the Go See Tasmania campaign launched by Tourism Tasmania last month as well as the Wild & Wonderful! program of summer activities run by the Parks and Wildlife Service, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Gardens.”
The bus will be an attraction at major events including the Ross Rodeo this weekend, the Devonport Cup on 11 January, the Cygnet Folk Festival on 14 January and the St Helens Regatta and Seafest on 28 January.
It will end its tour on 15 February after visiting Launceston’s Festivale and the Hobart Regatta.
The bus will also travel to the West Coast, Tasman Peninsula, Stanley, George Town and the Derwent Valley.
Mr Bartlett said that as well as increasing Tasmanians’ knowledge of holiday options in their own State and encouraging Tasmanians and visitors to make greater use of the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network, the bus will also promote the Summer Ranger Program undertaken by the Parks and Wildlife Service and the holiday activities organised at the Museum and the Gardens.
“A Parks and Wildlife Service summer ranger will be part of the bus crew providing information and running activities for children,” Mr Bartlett said.
The bus is also equipped with two computers linked to the goseetasmania website and other websites of interest, a library of publications, brochure stands and two comfortable couches from which to view DVDs highlighting the State’s natural and cultural assets, bushwalking safety and recreational activities.
“Tasmania is alive with events and festivals and absolutely stunning scenery and there is an abundance of things to do and see,” Mr Bartlett said.
“My family and I holidayed at Lime Bay on the Tasman Peninsula, where we saw the excellent coal mines interpretation.
“I would encourage all Tasmanians to get out and see their State.”
A full itinerary for the bus is available at www.goseetasmania.com

This initiative is part of the State Government’s commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 – Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.


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