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Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage Ken Bacon said today that the Gunns Plains Cave in the northwest of the State had re-opened following the completion of a program of infrastructure improvements by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Mr Bacon also said the operation of the cave had been leased to local couple Geoff and Patricia Deer following an expression of interest process last year.

"As part of the process of seeking an operator for the cave, it was decided to upgrade the infrastructure and this took place during the quiet winter period," said Mr Bacon.

"The cave has now re-opened after the completion of the infrastructure upgrade and it looks better than ever.

"The upgrade focused on improving the walkways within the cave and the electrical system for the lighting.

"Gunns Plains Cave is renowned for its magnificent stone formations and these improvements will assist visitors to enjoy the cave experience.

"We're very pleased with the results and delighted with the new lessees.

"Mrs Deer has had considerable experience as a cave guide in the Gunns Plains Cave.

"The Deers plan to offer regular guided interpretive tours of the caves and they are also responsible for the conservation of the caves with the assistance of Parks and Wildlife Service staff," Mr Bacon said.

Gunns Plains Cave is in the Gunns Plains State Reserve, approximately 20 kilometres south of Ulverstone. It was discovered in 1906 and has been used as a show cave for most of the 20th century.

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:
Geoff Coles North West District Manager 0417 391 339.