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Significant upgrades of infrastructure will be made for popular visitor facilities at the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area reserve in the State's North West.

Labor member for Braddon, Brenton Best said Parks and Wildlife Service Northwest Region manager, Alex Simpson, told the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area Management Committee at a meeting in Smithton last week that there will be improvements totalling $250,000 at the reserve over the next several months.

"Improvements to visitor facilities include a new hybrid toilet system at Gardiner Point, a waste water facility for campervans, a boardwalk and viewing platform, new information booth at Couta Rocks and further improvements to the Manuka campground at Arthur River," Mr Best said.

"This will be a major step forward for the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area and it recognises the recent increase in visitation to this part of the State."

Arthur Pieman Management Committee chair Ross Britton welcomed the news of the improvements and acknowledged the contribution of PWS ranger Lalani Hyatt in managing the infrastructure project to this stage.

The infrastructure improvements were one of a number of topics for discussion at the management committee meeting at Smithton. Other topics included management of recreational vehicles and the timing of a review of the management plan.

The Arthur Pieman Conservation Area Management Committee meets monthly to discuss a range of issues associated with the management of the reserve.

Members include the Ross Britton (chairperson), Colin Hughes, Sharalyn Walters, Perry King, Geoffrey King and Ian Newman and Parks and Wildlife Service representatives.

The committee's role is to engage the users of the reserve in supporting the overall management strategy, advise the management authority on recreation and commercial use and contribute to the development and implementation of works programs.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.