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Replacement of Three Thumbs facilities discussed


The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and community representatives this week met to discuss the replacement of facilities at the Three Thumbs State Reserve near Orford.

A toilet and picnic shelter at the reserve were removed by the Parks and Wildlife Service last week, however PWS general manager Peter Mooney gave a commitment that the PWS would provide a replacement facility in consultation with the local community.

Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor Cheryl Arnol said she was pleased the stakeholders and interested parties had met in such an amicable manner and she was looking forward to the works being completed in time for the next tourist season.

Parks and Wildlife Service southern regional manager Anne Duncan said the meeting held at Orford included Glamorgan Spring Bay mayor Cheryl Arnol, tourism development officer Rob Zubin, and representatives from Forestry Tasmania, Triabunna/Orford Chamber of Commerce and the Orford Tidy Towns Committee.

"The community representatives made the point that the site is a valuable asset, has a history of local use and is important strategically for tourism," Ms Duncan said.

"It was acknowledged, however, that there are difficulties with management of the site, including maintenance requirements for the road which is currently in poor condition.

"We also discussed vandalism and recognised it has been one of the major problems with maintenance of the facilities and that a strategy needs to be developed to address this issue.

"The consensus of the meeting was that the PWS would undertake a site plan and costings for replacement of the picnic facilities and toilet as well as looking at options for improving the condition of the road and its ongoing maintenance."

Ms Duncan said the group would meet again soon.

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.