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Shedding new light on the underground experience


King Solomons Cave at Mole Creek Karst National Park has been closed temporarily for the upgrading of visitor facilities and cave conservation works.

Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney said the cave had closed this week and was expected to re-open after Easter.

Mr Mooney said visitors could still enjoy a cave experience at Mole Creek at Marakoopa Cave, which is open daily for tours.
"We have a cave lighting expert, Neil Kell, who comes from Tumut in New South Wales, who has designed the new lighting system," said Mr Mooney.

"Neil managed Yarrangobilly Caves in Kosciuszko National Park and has visited caves around Australia and New Zealand. He has undertaken relighting projects on the mainland and at the Newdegate Cave at Hastings in southern Tasmania.

"The lighting project will use modern technology to relight the cave in a way that minimises the light needed to highlight the formations.

"This lighting system uses much less energy and that maintenance does not need to be done by an electrician, which is much safer for cave staff and the public."

The project includes other cave conservation works and replacement of handrails. Funding has been provided from the Environmental and Social Infrastructure Fund.

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.

Shedding new light on the underground experience

Cathie Plowman with cave lighting expert Neil Kell.