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Investment in North-East Paying Off in Jobs

Small Business Minister and Senator for Tasmania, Nick Sherry, has welcomed the opening today of the Lost Farm Wellness Centre and of the adjoining Barnbougle international-class golf course and resort development in Bridport.

The Wellness Centre received $360,000 in Australian Government funding under the North-East Tasmania Innovation and Investment Fund.

“The Wellness Centre is part of our pledge to once again see a strong community with thriving small businesses and jobs for all,” Senator Sherry said.

“The Australian Government set up the fund to help the region recover from the impact of a mill closure on employment in the Scottsdale area.

“We promised to help the Scottsdale community and through the fund, we’ve provided $3.7 million to assist 19 projects with the prospect of creating at least 63 full-time jobs.”

The fund is part of the North-East Tasmania Development Package, a joint initiative of the Australian and Tasmanian governments.

The Wellness Centre features a steam room, reception, two treatment rooms, waiting room, spa room and client facilities and will cater principally to the partners of visiting golfers.

The $15 million Barnbougle complex is expected to attract significant numbers of interstate and overseas visitors and create 50 new jobs.

“The development will give a welcome boost to the economy in the region,” Senator Sherry said.

“This could well be a new tourism experience for the area and there will be flow-on benefits for local small business as visitors enjoy the delights of the region.”

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