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Arthur-Pieman gears up for the Easter holidays


Easter visitors to the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area intending to travel on the four-wheel-drive tracks are reminded that regular road rules apply to all tracks and that a valid driver’s licence, vehicle registration and permit are required.

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said there had been an enthusiastic response to the new online permit systems, with steady sales both online and at the Arthur River Field Centre.

“The $2.1 million Arthur-Pieman Sustainable Access project has delivered upgrades to access roads and bridges and increased frontline staff numbers,” Mr Wightman said.

“The introduction of fees for permits for four-wheel-drive tracks late last year has been supported by users and already is resulting in improved management of the reserve, including track maintenance and more staff.

“Visitors travelling to Sandy Cape will find the track from Jack Smith’s to Temma in much better condition after work was completed in early April. Most of the waterholes were pumped out and filled with gravel, while gravel has improved the track surface in other areas.”

Compliance officers and rangers will patrol the reserve during the Easter break talking to visitors about the requirement to have a four-wheel drive permit for those areas where it is required, for vehicle drivers to hold a valid driver’s licence and valid registration for the vehicle.

The PWS Arthur River Field Centre will be open throughout the Easter break. Information about the online four-wheel-drive permits is available on PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au.

Arthur-Pieman gears up for the Easter holidays

A bad waterhole south of Temma before track work began.

Arthur-Pieman gears up for the Easter holidays

And the same track after work was completed.

Arthur-Pieman gears up for the Easter holidays

An improved section of track south of Jack Smith's gulch looking towards Jack Smith's shack.