Mt Field retreat a step closer
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.”