It was not many years ago that the world viewed Tasmania as 'isolated'. Tasmanians would knowingly smile at this description and ask, "Isolated from what?" Now, as the growing influx of business and skilled migrants will confirm, Tasmania is isolated! It is isolated from bustling, overcrowded and impersonal cities with the inherent problems of pollution, poverty and crime. But it is certainly not isolated from the world of commerce, trade and business.
Modern communications technology enable almost instantaneous business transactions between Tasmania and the rest of the world. And with modern transport, a Tasmanian business representative can be sitting in a boardroom in Tokyo within a day - a little longer will see that person clinching a deal in London or New York.
The island of Tasmania is approximately the size of Ireland or Sri Lanka. It has a varied climate and topography, ranging from the high rainfall, mountains and forests in the west, to the warm, dry conditions on the east coast. Unlike much of continental Australia, Tasmania experiences four distinct seasons - average temperatures in the capital city, Hobart, range from 12 to 22 degrees Celsius in summer and 5 to 12 degrees Celsius in winter.
Overcrowding, with all its associated problems, is definitely not a consideration. In June 2010 Tasmania's population reached 505,377, evenly dispersed around the island. Hobart, the capital city, is nestled between a mountain range and beautiful, deep harbour is the capital city, Hobart. Hobart is a blend of beautifully preserved and restored sandstone buildings and modern architecture. It's proximity to the magnificent waterways, beaches, snow fields and wilderness areas is a factor that attracts many people to establish businesses or seek employment in Hobart. Leisure time is well catered for, regardless of individual tastes.
Launceston, with its graceful, well preserved Victorian architecture and green parks, is the state's second largest city and an important commercial centre deriving its wealth from wool, wine, agriculture, niche manufacturing and resource processing at the nearby Bell Bay industrial site. The city of 103,000 boasts two of Australia's best restaurants and is the home of the acclaimed Boags Beer.
In the fertile north-west, Burnie's thriving dairy processors and specialised manufacturers now complement the traditional port, pulp and paper 1ndustnes. Nearby Devonport capitalises on its position as the gateway to Tasmania for tourists arriving by fast ferry from Melbourne and Sydney.
Apart from the lifestyle and natural beauty, one ofTasmania's big drawcards is the quality, range and affordability of urban and rural real estate. Although pnces have recently risen in many areas, new arrivals can still find a bargain - often with water views, a large landholding and access to wilderness that surrounds many urban centres.
Tasmania's economic outlook is bright. Fuelled by a number of large infrastructure proJects, a surge in private investment and strong growth in sectors in which the state enjoys strong comparative advantages - food and beverage production, specialised manufacturing, high-value agriculture, tourism and forestry.
International companies currently operating in Tasmania include:
Comalco, Norske Skog, Caterpillar, Cadbury Schweppes, Carter Holt Harvey, Zinifex, San Miguel, Johnson and Johnson, Glaxo Smith Klein, National Grid Transco, Ecka Granules, Bongrain, McCains, Simplot, BHPBilliton, Sterlite, and Vodafone.
The manufacturing sector is export-oriented and includes world-competitive businesses in fast ferries, paper production, maritime safety systems, timber processing, automotive components, mining equipment, lightning protection, aquaculture equipment and fine food and beverages. Growth sectors include marine engineering, communications technology, wood processing and naturally derived chemicals. Two major industrial zones with excellent power supplies and port access have been established at Bell Bay in the north east and Port Latta in the north west.
Tasmania's tourism sector is booming and the island is winning praise from travel writers all over the world. Conde Nast Traveller rated Tasmania as the world's top temperate island for two years running and recently named Tasmania's Bay of Fires as the second most beautiful beach in the world.
Tasmania offers travellers a safe, affordable, rejuvenating holiday experience in one of the most unique and unspoilt locations in the world. An estimated 912,600 visitors came to Tasmania in the twelve months to March 2010 and spent $1.57 billion.
Visitors come to experience the state's World Heritage wilderness, gourmet food and wine, world-class sailing, fly-fishing and cultural attractions. They leave raving about the welcoming locals. This fast-growing sector offers rewarding investments with a lifestyle to match. Opportunities for business people range from investment in major infrastructure to operating one of many boutique bed and breakfast establishments.
Tasmania is fast becoming Australia's most dynamic food producer as gourmet food grown in the state's unpolluted, disease-free soils and waters is snapped up by discerning interstate and overseas buyers. The state is one of the few places able to supply fresh, temperate zone produce out-of-season to the Northern Hemisphere and high-quality vegetables, fruit, dairy products, seafood and meat are significant exports. To protect Tasmania's enviable reputation as a provider of some of the world's cleanest and purest produce, the Tasmanian Government has introduced a moratorium on genetically modified foods.
The Tasmanian wine industry - from an almost zero base 20 years ago, has surged ahead producing genuine cool-climate wines the quality of which approaches that of Burgundy's finest - at a fraction of the cost. The dairy industry tells a similar story and Tasmania's cheeses are now winning awards all over the world. While traditional products such as lamb, beef, hops, apples, onions, potatoes and milk remain important, innovative farmers and offshore investors are also moving into high-value niche products such as olives, herbs, cherries, apricots, game meat, walnuts, wasabi, truffles, essential oils, buckwheat and saffron.
Tasmania's unspoilt coastline, cool water and strict bio-security guarantee high-quality, high-value seafood. As the export of traditional products (salmon, oysters and mussels) and the potential of new areas (abalone and rock lobster) increases, aquaculture is supplementing the wild fisheries share of revenue and export earnings. The sector's rapid growth and emphasis on self reliance has fostered the growth of local firms specialising in the production and export of salmon cages, netting, computerised feeding equipment anc other hardware.
Tasmania welcomes entrepreneurs and under current immigration regulations the State Government can and will sponsor business people who wisl1 to settle in Tasmania and can submit a well-researched business proposal.
The Department of Economic Development appreciates the difficulties associated with relocating and tailors its assistance to meet the different needs of individual migrants and their families. We offer help in the following areas:
• preliminary business research and assistance organising itineraries for visitors
• introduction to key contacts in the government and business sector
• information on and assistance accessing government business facilitation and export assistance programs
• advice on Australian immigration regulations
• sponsorship/nomination through Australian regional migration programs
• assistance for new arrivals in their 'settling-in' period.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts
t. + 6r 3 6233 5888,feecall within Australia: r8oo 030 688