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Commercial operators interested in providing commercial transport and guiding services are invited to comment on the proposed Three Capes Track.

Acting Minister for the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Jim Cox, said the call for interest is an important stage in the planning process.

"The Three Capes Track is planned to be a six day, five night experience of 68 kilometres starting near White Beach and concluding at Fortescue Bay," Mr Cox said.

"The purpose of this process is to seek advice and expertise from established tourism operators to help refine this proposed iconic overnight walk on the Tasman Peninsula," Mr Cox said.

"Refining options and details for land and sea transport and providing a commercially guided experience is a focus of this stage of planning.

"The process will also provide an insight into the level of investment that operators may want to make for this project.

"This provides some level of confidence that the tourism industry sees this as a viable project alongside existing day walk and trail-based overnight camping."

"The State Government knows the importance of developing new tourist experiences that will help Tasmanian tourism to continue growing through the current global financial situation.

"Creating new activity-based visitor experiences was identified as one of the highest priorities in the current Tasman Tourism Development Strategy."

Mr Cox said that the proposed changes to the Plan of Management for the Tasman National Park that would allow the track to go ahead are still going through the planning process.

The Director's Report on the public submissions received by the Parks and Wildlife Service is currently being considered by the Resource Planning and Development Commission.

Mr Cox said calls for the provision of services will proceed only when the project has received planning approval and funding to proceed.

Further information about the Identification of Commercial Interest is available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au. The closing date for the Identification of Commercial Interest is 27 February 2009.