Australia

Funds for mystery art in bushfire-hit Tas

Federal and state funding of $2 million has been announced for a mystery art project in Tasmania's bushfire-affected Huon Valley.

A mystery art installation will be set up in Tasmania's bushfire-affected Huon Valley in a bid to bring tourists and an economic boost to the region.

Federal and state funding of $2 million was on Saturday announced for the project which is yet to be fully revealed.

"This exciting project will be a huge boost to the visitor economy in the Huon and will support local businesses and tourism jobs," Premier Will Hodgman said.

The installation is backed by Dark Lab, which produces the state's controversial winter festival Dark Mofo.

The annual music and arts celebration last year drew headlines for erecting giant red upside-down Christian crosses at Hobart's waterfront.

A massive blaze burned for weeks in the Huon Valley, southwest of Hobart, and badly damaged the popular Tahune Airwalk.

The tourist attraction has been closed indefinitely, with crews recently beginning to assess the damage to trees in the area.

Federal Minister for Communication and the Arts Mitch Fifield said the new art project would attract interstate and international visitors to the region.

"I expect this unique installation will add to Tassie's incredibly rich visitor experience," he said.

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