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Work has begun on reconstruction of the Darlington jetty at Maria Island National Park.

Labor member for Lyons, Heather Butler, said the jetty improvements would provide a much better facility for visitors and commercial operators to the island.

"Maria Island is one of Tasmania's tourism icons with great natural beauty, fascinating Aboriginal and European history and a wide range of recreational opportunities," Mrs Butler said.

"A modern jetty will provide safe and comfortable loading and unloading of ferry passengers year-round in all weather."

The major upgrade of the jetty involves replacement of 72 metres of the jetty, an extension of the breakwater and improvements to the lower landing.

Maria Island has experienced a strong surge of visitation with 15,000 people visiting the island in the past financial year, an increase of nearly 3,000 people on the previous year.

Access to the island will be unaffected by the reconstruction of the jetty, which is expected to be completed in early October.

The island's oldest building, the Commissariat Store, will also receive some attention in the near future.

Structural works worth $60,000 will be undertaken to the stone Commissariat Store, which dates back to 1825.

The $750,000 jetty project is funded from the State Government's Economic and Social Improvement Fund (ESIF).

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.