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One of Tasmania's iconic landmarks, the Nut at Stanley, will get a major upgrade.

The Minister for Parks, Michelle O'Byrne, today announced that $285,000 would be spent on improving vital infrastructure and public facilities in the Nut State Reserve.

"The State Government understands the importance of the Nut both as a tourist destination and local icon," Ms O'Byrne said.

"It has always been a priority of mine that the Nut lookouts and walking tracks get a funding boost. I believe this allocation will positively impact on the ability of the Stanley community to further attract and engage visitors to the area.

"Lookouts and the walking track will be upgraded.

"The project will employ up to six casual track workers for a number of months and is also likely to provide a boost for some local contractors. This will provide important economic benefits to the local community.

"Four lookout sites will be upgraded, providing a safer and more enjoyable landscape and viewing experience for visitors walking the Nut Circuit Track."

Ms O'Byrne said the Nut is one of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks and improvements to the walking track circuit will ensure it upholds the standards of the suite of quality walks.

"The lookout and track development will provide opportunities for interpretation of the environmental, historical, cultural and natural values of the reserve and its environs," she said.

"This also includes the unique historic Stanley township and the Highfield Historic Site.

"According to the Tasmanian Visitor Survey, more than 100,000 visitors go to Stanley every year, and many are influenced to visit the region by images of the Nut, and the views and walks offered in the State Reserve.

"This major upgrade will ensure the Nut State Reserve continues to maintain its status as a leading tourism experience for the North West region.

"The project is expected to be completed by mid 2010."