The Tasmanian Greens today rejected comments by the newly updated Lonely Planet travel guide to Tasmania, which is released today and is critical of the North-West, and said the region remained one of the most stunning and attractive in Australia.

Greens Member for Braddon Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran said the guide’s description of Burnie as “unattractive” and Devonport as unglamorous was harsh, unfair and completely wide of the mark.

“I reckon the writers of this guide needed to spend more time in the North-West before making comments like these, which I roundly reject,” said Mr O’Halloran.

“Having grown up in the area, I know these towns well, and that’s why I also know this guide is wrong about them. Burnie is a gateway to some world-class sights, like the Tarkine region and Cradle Mountain. And Devonport is a vibrant town on one of the country’s most spectacular coastlines and natural habours.”

“The north-west is a tourism hot-spot, especially for eco tourism, and these towns are in transition and bursting with potential. The residents have worked hard to develop their distinct and vibrant communities and I would say to them: ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and ignore the naysayers’.”

“I support Tourism Tasmania’s rejection of these comments too, and its commitment to develop the tourism appeal of the north-west so that visitors can see for themselves just what a singular and precious asset the North-West is,” said Mr O’Halloran.

Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP
Greens Member for Braddon
Wednesday, 3 August, 2011