Transformer Project Given Green Light

Nick Duigan, Minister for Parks

A major drawcard for the Huon Valley region has taken another step forward.

Transformer, Darklab’s Destination Public Artwork and Visitor Centre proposal, has been approved by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Transformer artwork and visitor centre to be built and operated in the Ida Bay State Reserve will be a major drawcard for Tasmania and advance the visitor economy in the south.

Since the project’s development application was approved by the Huon Valley Council, Darklab’s project planners have worked closely with PWS.

Minister for Parks and Environment, Nick Duigan, said the relevant environmental assessment documentation to secure approvals for the development to progress have now been completed.

“This is an exciting step forward for the project, submitted as part of the tourism EOI process, and the Tasmanian Government remains committed to seeing the development progress,” Minister Duigan said.

“It will generate sustainable growth to our visitor economy and support jobs, particularly in the Huon Valley region. Transformer will be a unique project, one that will connect visitors with the environment through art.”

The Transformer artwork includes a pavilion with reflective interiors that will create a kaleidoscope viewing effect which will provide visitors with a unique perspective of the surrounding landscapes, including the Southwest National Park within the globally significant Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area.

“This is another exciting example of how the Liberal Government’s Expression of Interest process for Tourism Opportunities is delivering for our State. It is expected to attract 30,000 people to the area each year,” Minister Duigan said.

Darklab Pty Ltd submitted a concept as part of the Tourism EOI process, established to reinvigorate visitation to the Huon Valley region following the 2019 bushfires with the project receiving funding support from the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.

PWS is now working closely with Darklab to finalise the lease for the Ida Bay site.

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