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Tenders sought for guided walking experience for the Three Capes Track

22/08/2013

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman said today that the State Government is calling for Expressions of Interest for the development and commercial operation of a guided walking experience for the Three Capes Track.


“This project will create jobs and economic benefits for the Tasman Peninsula.


“Our national parks and reserves are important drivers for our economy and a key part of the Tasmanian brand.


“This is a unique opportunity for an innovative tourism operator to develop the commercial part of what we believe will be Australia’s premier coastal walk, which will showcase the outstanding natural features of the Tasman Peninsula,” Mr Wightman said.


“We are looking for a commercial partner to develop and provide a fully guided operation, including accommodation, for a four day and three night walking experience.


“People are already keen for a taste of what the Three Capes Track will offer and since the Cape Hauy upgrade was completed, almost 8000 people have walked that part of the track,” Mr Wightman said.


“In January this year, three Tasmanian companies were awarded the contracts for the next stage of the project that has resulted in the creation of around 40 jobs, including for up to 10 with local companies from the Tasman Peninsula area.


“Five Tasmanian companies were awarded contracts for that upgrade, and the Tasmanian company JAWS Architects has also been awarded the contract to design up to five ‘independent’ huts for the Three Capes Track,” he said.


Mr Wightman said that this is an extremely important project for our State and for the Tasman Peninsula.


“Over the next three years construction of the eastern section of the track will generate over 264 jobs in Tasmania and contribute $13.5 million to the State.


“When the initial portion of the walk is completed and fully operational, we will have a new uniquely Tasmanian bushwalking experience that will generate around 278 jobs in total, with 44 of those being in the Tasman Peninsula,” he said.


Mr Wightman said that the Capes Pillar and Hauy portion of the track from Denmans Cove to Fortescue Bay is currently under construction, with the walk expected to be operational from 1 November 2015.


Further information about the invitation for Expressions of Interest should be directed to the Three Capes Track project manager, Stuart Lennox at Stuart.Lennox@parks.tas.gov.au.


The Expression of Interest document is available atwww.parks.tas.gov.au/threecapes/eoi.  


Closing date is 18 October 2013.