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Strong commercial interest in proposed Three Capes Track


There has been an encouraging response to the recent Identification of Commercial Interest for the proposed Three Capes Track.

The proposed Three Capes Track is a new overnight walk of 68 kilometres on the Tasman Peninsula. It will be a five night/six day, hut-based, one-way bushwalk encompassing capes Hauy, Pillar and Raoul in the Tasman National Park.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) Strategy and Sustainable Use manager, Stuart Lennox, said that in January the PWS advertised expressions of interest for the delivery of commercial services for land-based transport, water-based transport and a commercially guided experience.

"This process is part of on-going planning and research for the project and the intention was to engage commercial advice to refine the details regarding the land and sea transport and the provision of a commercially guided experience," Mr Lennox said.

"We were looking to gain an insight into the various business models and the level of investment that operators may want to make in this project."

"We received many submissions and a number of consultants were engaged to provide advice on the project, based on their areas of expertise.

"In light of the advice provided there has been further consideration of important aspects of the project including; the track route, location of overnight areas and operation of a boat link.

"Once the project receives funding and planning approval, tenders will be called for the commercially guided experience and transport services."

Planning processes for the Three Capes Track proposal are also proceeding.
In February 2008, a draft management plan was release for public comments. This was to amend the Tasman National Park and Reserves Management Plan 2001 to facilitate the development of the track. The amendments and public submissions are currently being reviewed by the Resource Planning and Development Commission (RPDC). The RPDC has decided it will not hold public hearings on the amendments. PWS expects to receive a report from the RPDC in late June.

In other project work, tenders for the development of a plan to manage the threat of root rot (Phytopthora cinnamomi) in the area are currently being considered and a Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP) is being developed.