Australia Could Soon be Home to the World❜s Largest Chocolate Fountain

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In a move that could see Australia becoming the next hotspot for chocoholics worldwide, Tasmania's Liberal party have whipped up a sweet election promise that's bound to get taste buds tingling and cameras clicking. 

Should they secure victory in the upcoming state election, Tasmania is set to be adorned with the world's largest chocolate fountain, a dreamy confectionery marvel that's not just aiming to satisfy sugar cravings but to catapult the state into a new era of tourism.

Australia Could Soon be Home to the World's Largest Chocolate Fountain

Tas chocolate Factory
Tasmania's Bid for the World's Largest Chocolate Fountain.

The Apple Isle finds itself at a political crossroads, with the Liberal minority government seeking a fresh mandate from voters on 23 March, following a deadlock with crossbench independents. In a bid to sweeten the deal for Tasmanians, Premier Jeremy Rockliff has unveiled plans to partner with tourism guru Simon Currant to create what's being hailed as the "world's ultimate chocolate experience" on the island's shores.

Picture this: a towering chocolate fountain, set against the scenic backdrop of the River Derwent, with the iconic Cadbury factory just a stone's throw away. This chocoholic's paradise doesn't stop at the fountain; it's set to include a high-end chocolate studio, a hands-on chocolate lab where visitors can craft their own bars, a sprawling chocolate emporium, a cosy café, and even a playground to burn off the sugar high.

Rockliff is touting this chocolatey venture as the biggest boon for Tasmanian tourism since the opening of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), known for its transformative impact on the state's cultural and economic landscape. "The MONA effect has been phenomenal for us, but why stop there? We're looking to sweeten the pot, giving tourists and locals alike more delicious reasons to explore and adore Tasmania," Rockliff enthused, already dreaming of adding the Cadbury Chocolate Experience to Tasmania's bucket list attractions.

Beyond the Fountain: A Glimpse into the Ultimate Chocolate Experience

Willy Wonka
Home of the original chocolate fountain.

With an estimated cost hovering around $100 million, the majority of the funding is expected to come from investment groups. However, the project has also secured a nod of approval from Mondelez International, the current owners of the Cadbury brand, along with a pledge from the Liberals to earmark up to AU $12 million for the project. This commitment is expected to cover early-stage development including planning, designs, and preliminary works to make the site ready for the ambitious build.

This chocolatey venture isn't just about satisfying sweet tooths; it's poised to generate significant economic and employment benefits for Tasmania. The project could create 300 construction jobs, 200 permanent positions upon completion, and inject an estimated $120 million annually into the local economy.

As Tasmanians prepare to cast their votes, the prospect of the world's largest chocolate fountain serves as a tantalizing reminder of the unique and innovative proposals at play in the state's political arena. Whether or not this delicious dream becomes a reality, one thing is for certain: Tasmania's future looks sweet.

Discover how Tasmania could become the home of the world's largest chocolate fountain if the Liberals win the upcoming state election. A blend of confectionery and tourism set to transform the Apple Isle into a chocolate lover's paradise.

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