Mt Field retreat a step closer

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

ago, hit a hur­dle in 2016 when it failed to se­cure a loan to match gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

But it has now re­ceived the fi­nan­cial sup­port needed to be­gin construction.

Pro­po­nent Rachel Power, who is also a Der­went Val­ley coun­cil­lor, said the de­vel­op­ment, which will be­gin within the next six months if a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion gets the green light, would pro­vide a much-needed hub at Mt Field.

“The main aim for the de­vel­op­ment is to cre­ate a desti­na­tion,” she said.

“There’s not enough ac­com­mo­da­tion at Mt Field. It’s still a ‘day trip’ lo­ca­tion and the area hasn’t been able to grow.

“There’s so much to see and do at Mt Field, and with ac­com­mo­da­tion on of­fer it will make things a lot eas­ier.

“This de­vel­op­ment will also be of ben­e­fit for the growth of other busi­nesses in the area.”

Mrs Power said she was pleased to see the newly elected coun­cil vote in favour to ex­tend the ex­piry date of a plan­ning per­mit when coun­cil­lors met on Thurs­day night for the first for­mal meet­ing af­ter lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

Mrs Power left the room as the coun­cil­lors voted on the agenda item, which passed unan­i­mously to ex­tend the per­mit un­til Au­gust 2020.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to have that sup­port,” she said.

“To have coun­cil sup­port small busi­ness which is look­ing to grow the re­gion is great.”

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Ben Shaw said any de­vel­op­ment that housed vis­i­tors in the Der­went Val­ley was a good thing.

“We have beau­ti­ful scenery in our re­gion but we don’t have enough ac­com­mo­da­tion or fa­cil­i­ties to keep tourists here,” Cr Shaw said.

“At the mo­ment, we’re see­ing tourists pop­ping by for a visit then jump­ing on a bus back to Ho­bart.

“Any­thing that keeps peo­ple in the Der­went Val­ley is a bonus for us.”

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