Tasmanian stamps make an impact

A UNIQUE stamp project is making its mark on Tasmania’s tourism industry by gifting the state’s visitors with beautiful reminders of Tasmania’s landmarks and attractions.

Developed by Austins Ferry resident Kaye Green, “Tiger Tracks” has seen the introduction of 140 custom-designed stamps in places and spaces across Tasmania.

These include the Spirit of Tasmania, Visitor Information Centres, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Moonah Arts Centre and even the Granton service station.

An avid stamp collector for many years, Ms Green said she had often housed visitors from interstate and overseas, which led to her viewing Tasmania “partly as a tourist and partly as a person born and bred in the state.”

“The goal of Tiger Tracks is to encourage tourists and, especially, families to experience the fun of collecting stamps,” she said.

“There is also the added challenge of locating the elusive Tasmanian Tiger stamp, which moves secretly around the different sites.

“Tasmania’s visitors can then create a souvenir booklet filled with beautiful stamps, which can be kept as a lasting memento of their journey.”

Located at each of the stamp collection venues is a stamp and inkpad where tourists are free to stamp directly into their own travel journal or into one of the custom-designed Tiger Track stamp collection booklets.

Plastic pouches and lanyards with a blank book for collecting stamps are also available for purchase at many of the venues.

Ms Green is confident that this “rather quirky” activity could have a significant impact on Tasmanian tourism.

“It gives families a reason to extend their stay, and tourists are already using the list of stamp venues from the Tiger Track website as a way of planning their Tasmanian holiday,” she said.

Ms Green currently works full-time from her studio at Austins Ferry crafting relief prints, collages and oil paintings, as well as personally designing the unique rubber stamps.

For more information about the stamp project, visit www.tigertrack.com.au.

Caption: Kaye Green, of Austins Ferry, with her custom-designed rubber stamps that depict some of Tasmania’s most iconic landmarks and attractions.

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