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Encounter Maria Island


Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan


An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape


Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Comments sought on Ben Lomond Ski Slope Plan


The possibility of snow-making, terrain parks and slope grooming are discussed in a Draft Ski Slope Plan for Ben Lomond National Park released today by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, said the plan identifies future sustainable development and associated activities that can be undertaken within the ski slope area of Ben Lomond.

"Examples of possible private sector development and activities include re-alignment of ski tows, slope grooming, snow-making, winter service access and a terrain park," Ms O'Byrne said.

"The plan also identifies summer recreational opportunities, for example a potential designated walking route to Legges Tor."

Ms O'Byrne said the plan has been prepared in consultation with key stakeholders including the Launceston Field Naturalists, Ben Lomond skiing industry, Ben Lomond lodges, Northern Midlands Council and the Ben Lomond Ski Patrol.

"We welcome the views of stakeholders and the wider public about this plan for Ben Lomond."

The draft plan is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au. Submissions on the plan can be sent to representations@parks.tas.gov.au by June 29, 2009.