Peter Gutwein needs to urgently release details about where $13.5 million in federal funding for the tourism and hospitality sector will be spent.
Tasmanian Labor Leader and Shadow Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Rebecca White said the looming end to JobKeeper only increases the urgency for many operators and workers in the sector.
“The Federal Government promised $13.5 million for tourism initiatives last September,” Ms White said.
“Now, here we are five months later, and tourism operators are still waiting, with no indication of when or where the money will be spent.
“Many operators and workers in the tourism and hospitality sector are already bracing for the negative impact that will come when JobKeeper ends on 28 March and the last thing they need is more uncertainty.
“The Deloitte report released in January identified that Tasmania was the most vulnerable state to cuts to JobKeeper.
“But instead of getting a much-needed shot in the arm, with the funds promised to them, they still don’t know when that funding will flow.
“The Tasmanian Government also needs to detail how much money is left unspent following the full rollout of the Make Yourself at Home travel voucher program.
“The unspent money from the tourism vouchers must be used to help tourism and hospitality operators and workers navigate the next few critical months.
“Peter Gutwein needs to explain what has happened to the money and detail when it will start to flow out the door to help those in the tourism and hospitality sector.”
Rebecca White MP
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Hospitality