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Comments sought on Ben Lomond Ski Slope Plan


The possibility of snow-making, terrain parks and slope grooming are discussed in a Draft Ski Slope Plan for Ben Lomond National Park released today by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, said the plan identifies future sustainable development and associated activities that can be undertaken within the ski slope area of Ben Lomond.

"Examples of possible private sector development and activities include re-alignment of ski tows, slope grooming, snow-making, winter service access and a terrain park," Ms O'Byrne said.

"The plan also identifies summer recreational opportunities, for example a potential designated walking route to Legges Tor."

Ms O'Byrne said the plan has been prepared in consultation with key stakeholders including the Launceston Field Naturalists, Ben Lomond skiing industry, Ben Lomond lodges, Northern Midlands Council and the Ben Lomond Ski Patrol.

"We welcome the views of stakeholders and the wider public about this plan for Ben Lomond."

The draft plan is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au. Submissions on the plan can be sent to representations@parks.tas.gov.au by June 29, 2009.