The Flinders Wharf project has been specifically designed to create an inclusive, warm, social space for residents and visitors to Flinders Island. There will be a fire place with comfortable seating for the community to enjoy and a producer kitchen, desks and function space. Taste of Flinders café will be moving into the new premise along with four other long term businesses.
Primarily, the space has been designed to enable production of Flinders Island products, however, they will be focusing on serving good quality food and drink options.
New tourism hub set to drive growth, jobs and investment for Flinders Island
Flinders Island is set to benefit following the announcement that the ‘Flinders Island Wharf Shed’ Project has been successful under the Federal Liberal Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package.
Liberal Senator for Tasmania, David Bushby, said today’s project announcement followed an extensive assessment process involving strong community input.
“This initiative is part of the Federal Liberal Government’s commitment to stimulate jobs and drive economic growth in Tasmania’s regions and across the country,” Senator Bushby said.
“The Federal Liberal Government has committed $612,450 towards the $1,361,000 project which will provide economic growth and employment opportunities on the island and offer a steady stream of investment for the local economy.
“Late last year, Senator Duniam and I toured the Wharf Shed site on Flinders Island and we were both really excited at its potential to boost local tourism and expand the Island’s reputation for first class produce and products.
“At the same time, the Wharf Shed will significantly increase skills capacity, generate jobs and drive future investment through the creation of a world class hospitality and tourist hub.”
Island local, project proponent and director of Quoin Holdings Pty Ltd, Mrs Joanna Youl, said she was stoked by the announcement.
“The light is starting to turn on Flinders Island and there are a lot of people working extraordinarily hard behind the scenes to see Flinders on the map with its own unique identity,” Mrs Youl said.
“The project will see many new jobs created covering a range of skills from chefs, whisky making, barista, food service, marketing and design innovators, tour guides, pilots, administrative staff and IT support.
“Approximately five businesses will make up the new café, providore, restaurant, bar, whisky distillery, experience desk, function and office spaces - the collective’s mission is to drive local connectivity and product development, cementing Flinders as a truly unique and exciting destination to visit, live and invest,” Mrs Youl explained.
“I am proud to be part of a team which is focussed on delivering for Tasmania - a team which works hand in glove with our State and Federal colleagues to deliver positive projects for our communities. Tasmania is heading in the right direction and this announcement adds further momentum to our states recent economic success,” Senator Bushby concluded.