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Construction of an alternative vehicle access to Southport Lagoon will begin soon as part of the implementation of the new plan of management for the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager, Peter Mooney, said that new access arrangements are a result of the management plan which comes into effect today.

"The Leprena Track was closed for winter and will not re-open this spring," Mr Mooney said.

"This means that recreational vehicles are no longer permitted in the conservation area, until the new track is opened in several months' time.

"The Southport Lagoon plan of management is aimed at providing better protection for the significant natural and cultural values of the conservation area by halting the environmental damage that has occurred as a result of uncontrolled use of recreational vehicles.

"Alternative access to Southport Lagoon will be provided via the Lagoon Track, which will be re-routed to provide a high clearance four wheel drive track to the northwest section of the lagoon.

Mr Mooney stressed that the majority of recreational vehicle users are responsible in their use of their vehicles.

"The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking the cooperation of recreational vehicle users with these new arrangements," he said.
Work on this track will begin soon and is expected to take several months to complete, depending on the weather.

The Southport Lagoon Conservation Area, George III Monument Historic Site and Ida Bay State Reserve Management Plan 2006 is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au