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The Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts is seeking expressions of interest for a commercial opportunity at Cradle Mountain.

Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager, Mr Peter Mooney, said the expression of interest is for the operation of a café located on Crown Land at the former airstrip at Cradle Mountain.

The café is located about two kilometres from Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and shares a building with the Cradle Mountain Information Centre and Cradle Mountain shuttle bus terminal.

Mr Mooney said the commercial opportunity of the café has come about as a result of the recent acquisition by the Tasmanian Government of the land at the former airstrip.

"This land was acquired as a component of the Cradle Tourism Development Plan to provide the best location for the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus terminal, carpark, Cradle Mountain Information Centre and other commercial activities," he said.

"The Cradle Mountain Tourism Development Plan that was launched in 2003 recognised that Cradle Mountain is one of the best known and most important tourism destinations in Tasmania."

Mr Mooney said that among the key strategies identified in the plan was the introduction of an integrated transport system that is implemented and operated on a staged basis.

"The cradle shuttle bus service has now been operating for two years and has been a success in terms of acceptance by visitors and in reducing traffic volume and associated impacts at Dove Lake," he said.

"Another key strategy was the development of a village to improve the sense of arrival for visitors.

"The acquisition of the land at the airstrip is a milestone in the development of a village at this location and already a formalised car park has been established, a terminal for the shuttle service operation, a temporary visitor information centre and the café."

The Parks and Wildlife Service expects that there will be a strong level of interest in this unique opportunity and that the café will re-open with new operators within the next several months.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressingTasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.