Victoria’s peak tourism industry body has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of the opening of an expression of interest (EOI) process for private sector development at Point Nepean.
“Appropriate development at Point Nepean will open up this great asset for more people to enjoy and bring many economic benefits to the region,” says Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Chief Executive Dianne Smith.
“Point Nepean has great cultural and heritage value and there is such potential for innovative experiences on the site.
“We congratulate the Victorian Government on implementing the recommendations of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s Inquiry into Tourism, allowing private sector investment in sensitive and appropriate tourism infrastructure in national parks.
“This change brings Victoria into line with most other Australian states and will allow us to add even greater depth to our already impressive nature-based tourism offering.
“There are so many great stories to be told about Point Nepean and these changes will allow them to be told in an engaging way for the benefit of locals and visitors alike.”
The opening of the EOI process coincides with the introduction to Victorian Parliament of legislation allowing 99-year leases of national park land.
“These important changes will allow Victoria’s $16 billion tourism industry to remain competitive and compelling and to continue to make a valuable contribution to the economic and cultural lives of Victorians as well as visitors,” Ms Smith says.