Franklin is the only non-contiguous electoral division in Australia – being separated by Denison, which is based around central Hobart – but the whole region must be kept in mind by the next Tasmanian Government when formulating their Tourism strategy.
While slightly more than half its electors are located on the eastern shore of the River Derwent, it also takes in the Huon Valley and Bruny Island as well as the southern parts of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Macquarie Island.
The region is the cider capital of Tasmania and also an adventure tourism paradise for the whole family, while those who prefer fine culinary experiences will hop over to Bruny Island for a tour of the famous cheese factory, oyster farm, smokehouse and Australia’s southern-most vineyard.
Wherever they go, tourists will be served by a hospitality industry that is vital to the region’s economy.
The Tourism & Transport Forum Business Count and Employment Atlas finds that the sector employs 7 per cent of the electorate – far above the national average of 4.8 per cent – and more than one in six businesses are in the tourism industry.
For more information on the impact of tourism on Franklin and the rest of Tasmania, click here – and remember the importance of tourism to the state’s future when casting your vote on Saturday.