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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers


The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open


Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens


The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Arthur-Pieman improvements for visitors


Recent infrastructure improvements at Gardiner's Point in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area will make it easier for visitors to enjoy the stunning vista while also protecting the area's natural and cultural values.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt said the improvements are timely, as visitation to the Arthur-Pieman Conservation continues to increase.

"Visitation has increased to about 30,000 visitors each year and this was having a detrimental impact on what is one of the State's most impressive coastal views," Ms Wriedt said.

The Gardiner's Point improvements total about $195,000 and have been funded from the Government's Economic and Social Infrastructure program (ESIF).

The project included construction of a new toilet, including disability access, a Dump-Ezy toilet disposal point for campervans and caravans and a boardwalk and viewing platform.
Ms Wriedt, who is visiting the area this week, said the Gardiner's Point site at the mouth of the Arthur River was being badly degraded with multiple tracks causing erosion and sand blow-outs as well as potential for damage to Aboriginal heritage values.

"The new boardwalk provides access to the cairn and plaque and the new elevated viewing platform with macrocarpa seating areas also features interpretive panels," she said.

"Other recent improvements include an upgrade of the Manuka campground. This included installation of a new much-needed toilet facility, creation of gravel pads for long term campers at some sites, and most significantly a new watering system.

"The innovative watering system will help to maintain the grass cover for the campground while also providing adequate fire protection for campers.

"The system included a new bore, and installation of 17 water points throughout the campground. The watering points are compatible with fire fighting appliances and have already been used in a training session with Tasmania Fire Service volunteers."

A final component of the ESIF project is an information booth to be built at the intersection of the Western Explorer and the Temma Road.