Lyons is the largest electorate in Tasmania – measuring a remarkable 33,212 square kilometres in surface area – and includes the far northern suburbs of Hobart as well as the towns of St. Helens, Swansea, Bicheno, Campbell Town, Longford, Evandale and Bothwell.
It is home to the legendary Great Eastern Drive which attracts touring enthusiasts from across the world, and so it can’t be left behind by the next Tasmanian government when formulating their tourism strategy.
The east coast’s mild climate creates perfect growing conditions for the state’s premium fresh produce, from sweet berries and nuts to award-winning cheeses and the freshest seafood imaginable.
Lyons is also home to Tasmania’s midlands and central highlands, consisting of a series of mountains and lakes in the Great Western Tiers range that provide spectacular scenery and fishing.
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 7.9 per cent of the electorate – far above the national average of 4.8 per cent – and nearly one in five businesses are in the tourism industry.
For more information on the impact of tourism on Lyons and the rest of Tasmania, click here – and remember the importance of tourism to the state’s future when casting your vote on Saturday.