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Mole Creek hosts national cave gathering

27/05/2004

Ken Bacon, MHA
Minister for Tourism Parks and Heritage

Mole Creek hosts national cave gathering Cave managers, guides and cave experts from around Australia have gathered at Mole Creek for cave management and tourism related workshops and meetings, Tourism, Parks and Heritage Minister Ken Bacon said today.

The caves of the Mole Creek Karst National Park are the venue for the annual general meeting of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association Inc (ACKMA) and a cave guides workshop from May 23 - June 1.

Mr Bacon said it is the first time that Tasmania has hosted the ACKMA gathering and managers and guides from Tasmania's tourism caves and from well-known mainland caves such as Naracoorte, Jenolan, Yarrangobilly and Chillagoe as well as several in New Zealand will be among the participants.

Mr Bacon said caves are fascinating environments and there is a long tradition of cave tourism in Australia.

"The Mole Creek Karst National Park protects some of the finest and most visited cave systems in Tasmania and it's important to ensure that we provide quality visitor facilities and experiences at our tourist caves," he said.

A range of experts in cave environments, cave management and interpretation will attend the workshop.

"The cave guides workshop will look at a range of issues associated with cave tourism including cave lighting and new developments, cave tourism and the role of nature-based tourism, cave fauna, and eco-guide accreditation," he said.
Mr Bacon said those attending the workshop, including Parks and Wildlife Service staff, will be looking at the different styles of cave guiding and how the traditional cave tour can be improved.

"It is interpretation and engagement that make an unforgettable experience for visitors and the Parks and Wildlife Service is always looking to ways to improve the experience for our cave visitors."

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.