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Summary of consultation for Trevallyn and Kate Reed track strategies

15/01/2009

The Parks and Wildlife Service has released a survey showing that mountain bikers and dog walkers make up more than 70 per cent of people who use the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area, the Acting Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Jim Cox, said today.

Mr Cox said the survey and consultation, which covered both the Trevallyn and Kate Reed nature recreation areas, would help develop track strategies for both areas.

"These two areas are like Launceston's back yard; where people can go and enjoy outdoor recreation without travelling far from home, and it is important that we get a picture of who is using these areas and for what purpose.

"Different users have different needs and demands, and this survey lets us get a better understanding of the management issues both areas face."

Mr Cox said the surveys also found that almost three quarters of respondents used Trevallyn at least weekly, and that more than 90 per cent of people used the reserve for physical exercise or fitness reasons.

"The survey also highlighted some issues with the construction of illegal tracks and the illegal use of motorcycles within the recreation areas.

"It is pleasing that many users appear willing to report illegal activities within the recreation areas and help play a role in discouraging such things from occurring."

Mr Cox said the Parks and Wildlife Service received hundreds of replies to the survey of users for both reserves and this, along with key stakeholder interviews, has provided a valuable information base for the development of the track strategies.

"The summary includes an overview of track user surveys and track field audits. This information has greatly improved the understanding of track network conditions, patterns of use, user preferences, potential areas of conflict, potential impacts on reserve values and other management issues."

The draft track strategies for the reserves are well advanced and due for release and further community consultation in February 2009.

The Summary of Consultation and Field Assessment is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au. Hard copies are available from the PWS Prospect office at 167 Westbury Road.