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Visitor facilities at Tasmania's most popular national park, Freycinet, are set for a major improvement with construction of a new car park for the Wineglass Bay track.

Labor MHA for Lyons, Heather Butler, said a total of $1.2 million will be spent over two years at Freycinet National Park, enabling major upgrades to key visitor facilities.

"Funds from the Economic and Social Infrastructure Fund (ESIF) will provide for planning, design and consultation work for a major expansion of the Wineglass Bay car park and also improvements to the track itself," Mrs Butler said.

"Car park construction will include a new access road to the car park, separate pedestrian access, sealing of the car park, additional spaces, a new coach parking area and disabled spaces and a pick-up/drop off area near the start of the track.

"The changes will increase car parking to a total of 180 car park spaces and provide an improved entrance to the walking track.
"It will also provide improved access for nearby residents."

Construction is expected to start this week and will take about four months to complete.

Freycinet is Tasmania's most popular national park with more than 200,000 visitors in 2004/05.

The site plan for these improvements is in accordance with the park's plan of management and also reflects the recently released Freycinet Tourism Development Plan.