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Future development of visitor facilities around Pirates Bay, on the Tasman Peninsula, will focus on three key areas - the Eaglehawk Neck historic site, the Blowhole and the Tasman Arch.

Comments are now sought for this and other proposals in the draft Pirates Bay Visitor Service Zone Site 2006 which has been prepared by the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said Pirates Bay is a key point of interest for visitors to the Tasman Peninsula.
"The coastal attractions around Pirates Bay are visited by at least 250,000 visitors each year," Ms Wriedt said.

"The site plan details how and where the future development of visitor facilities will occur, how activities will be managed and how values will be protected.

"The Tasman Tourism Development Strategy 2005 identified Pirates Bay, within the Tasman National Park, as the key iconic natural, coastal destination on the Peninsula."

Ms Wriedt said the plan has been prepared with extensive input from the community.

"The feedback and participation has highlighted the strong commitment of the local community to maintaining the unspoilt character of this beautiful area, while also embracing the need for well planned change and improvements," she said.

"The plan provides solutions to issues such as parking that need to be resolved in a sustainable way.

"The plan recognises that many of the issues highlighted require a coordinated effort by a range of organisations. It proposes that a Pirates Bay Working Group with representation from the Tasman Council, the local community and other agencies, be set up to coordinate improvements for the area."

The site plan focuses on development of visitor facilities, subject to resources, in three major areas, offering distinct experiences; Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, the Blowhole and Pirates Bay and the Tasman Arch area.

The plan is on public exhibition until November 13. It is available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au/publications/tech/pirates_bay/summary.html or from Service Tasmania shops at Hobart and Sorell.