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Comments are sought by the Parks and Wildlife Service on a plan that will guide the management of the Overland Track, Tasmania's premier long distance walking track.

Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said the Overland Track Recreation Zone Plan 2006 will provide the planning basis for development of the Overland Track for the next 10 years.

The recreation zone plan supports the vision of the Overland Track, which is 'the Overland Track will be Tasmania's premier bushwalking experience'.
"The track has a significant national and international profile, with recent recognition as one of the world's 10 best walks," Ms Wriedt said.

The plan will guide the design, layout and siting of infrastructure along the 65 kilometre track that runs from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair through the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The plan details the vision for the track, the different experiences offered for visitors, management strategies, the priorities for implementation and planning and approval processes.

"For example, the plan recommends that the Overland Track capacity be maintained at no more than 60 persons per day, the limit set through the booking system that was implemented in 2005. This number of departures per day will ensure that the environmental and social impacts of walkers remain at a level where the wilderness experienced is maintained," Ms Wriedt said.

The plan is available at the Parks and Wildlife Service website on www.parks.tas.gov.au/publications/techrep.html or by phoning 6233 6285. Copies are available at Service Tasmania in Burnie, Devonport, Ulverstone, Queenstown, Strahan, Launceston and Hobart. People have until January 15 to comment on the draft.