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Ken Bacon, MHA
Minister for Tourism Parks and Heritage

Tourism, Parks and Heritage Minister Ken Bacon said today the Hastings Thermal Springs Pool will be closed for an upgrade from 9th September until the 8th October 2004.

The Visitor Centre at Hastings and the cave tours will still be operating.

Cave tours run every hour through the day from 10am to 4pm and the visitor centre is open for coffee, meals and information from 9am to 5pm.

Mr Bacon said the work at the thermal pool was part of ongoing improvements at Hastings.

"The work to the pool is part of a $122,000 allocation from the Economic and Social Infrastructure Fund for redevelopment work at the Hastings caves and thermal springs pool complex.

"This is part of a continuing effort to provide all tourists and local visitors with the highest quality service," he said.

"The upgrade will see the pool take on a more natural shape and feel.

"The pool will be lined with fibreglass which is a much longer wearing product which reduces maintenance works and closures throughout the year.

"In recent years, improvements have included the construction of a new Visitor Centre, which opened in March 2001, as well as a complete rewiring and relighting of Newdegate Cave, which was commissioned in April 2002," Mr Bacon said.

Mr Bacon also said the Parks and Wildlife Service had replaced the Hot Springs board walk and track and undertaken landscaping and upgrading of some of the picnic tables within the thermal springs area.

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.

Further information:
Craig Martin 62 33 2305