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$4.8 million investment in Tasmania's Bruny Island

Tasmania's Bruny Island is set to receive a $4.8 million (£2.6 million) investment from the federal government to boost its tourism prospects.

A huge chunk - $500,000 - will be spend on a new jetty and visitor centre for Bruny Island cruises, reports ABC Online.

These are an important part of the tourism industry in this area of Tasmania, so it's hoped that it's going to be a valid investment.

In fact, tourism operators have been saying that the investment for the visitor centre in particular is a victory for the island's "burgeoning" tourism industry.

Although there are concerns on how the tourism spending will affect the local road infrastructure and a reduction in bore water, the overall feeling is positive.

In response to the worries from the Bruny Island Community Association, the state government is fast-tracking plans to avoid problems with infrastructure.

The idea is to create tourism hot spots around the state, which will help to avoid any problems with roads and a potential lack of bore water.

To get this done, the government is working with the Kingsborough Council and together they plan to come up with an effective solution.

Premier Will Hodgman has said: "Minister Rene Hidding is undertaking an assessment of our entire road network to see how we can better collaborate, and indeed transfer ownership and responsibility for the upkeep of roads."

According to the state government, it will look to spend $3.7 million on Brury Island roads, ensuring optimum safety for both locals and tourists.

Federal Labor MP Julie Collins has said that whether or not the money will be spent on the roads and bore water reserves will rest largely on the results of the upcoming election.

However, general confidence from the government seems to certify that tourism and infrastructure are both set to benefit whatever the outcome.

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