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Opportunity to Celebrate Our World Class Wilderness


Tasmanians are being encouraged to enjoy free access to some of the state's most popular national parks tomorrow.
The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said the open day is the culmination of celebrations marking 25 years of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

"This beautiful area is something all Tasmanians can feel very proud of and this Saturday is an opportunity for us all to remind ourselves how special it is," Ms Wriedt said.

There is free entry to Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair and the Hartz Mountains within the Wilderness World Heritage Area as well as a range of activities and information celebrating the anniversary including:
Guided walks with discovery rangers
Expert talks on flora, fauna and geology by scientists
Kids activities and give-aways

The highly successful Peter Dombrovskis exhibit of Wilderness World Heritage Area flora has been extended and can now be viewed at the Lake St Clair visitors centre.

ABC radio presenters Chris Wisbey and Peter Cundall are also joining the celebrations broadcasting their Saturday morning show live from the Cradle Mountain visitor centre.

"I strongly encourage all Tasmanians to enjoy the open days, talk to one of the scientists who will be available, or take a walk with a ranger and share the wonder of these beautiful places that are in our own backyard," Ms Wriedt said.

The Tasmanian wilderness was inscribed on the World Heritage List in December 1982. It covers 1.38 million hectares representing nearly 20 per cent of the State.

The area is managed by the Tasmanian Government on behalf of the Australian Government, which is a signatory to the World Heritage Convention.

This financial year the Tasmanian Government has committed more than $15 million to manage the area, with approximately 170 staff from various agencies spending at least part of their time on world heritage related work.

"This is also an opportunity to reflect on the good work done in the last 25 years protecting and preserving this vast, complex and valuable area," Ms Wriedt said.