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Following an extensive review of the techniques used to upgrade the existing Cape Hauy Track and the granting of the necessary planning and environmental approvals, tenders to deliver the infrastructure associated with the next stage of the Three Capes Track will be called shortly.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Tasmanian Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman today said that both their governments are determined to complete the multi-million project while protecting the region's wildlife and their spectacular natural habitat.

"This project will deliver an iconic, world-class bushwalking experience in what is a unique part of our country," said Mr Albanese.

"Indeed, I'm confident the Three Capes Track will quickly make the Tasman Peninsula an even more desirable destination for both domestic and international tourists alike.

"This multi-day wilderness trail will eventually encompass Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy as well as a boat journey across Safety Cove.  In addition to upgrading and extending the existing walking tracks, the project will construct accommodation huts and other essential facilities along the route."

The upgrade of Cape Hauy Track was completed in May, with work on the next stage of the project - the eastern section from Fortescue Bay to Denmans Cove - to begin in coming months.  Once this package of work is done, attention will then turn to the western section between Surveyors Cove and White Beach.

Mr Wightman said this new piece of tourism infrastructure will help ensure the Tasmanian industry maintains its competitive edge in the national and international tourism market.

"Indeed, it will build on the success of our world-renowned Overland Track and reinforce Tasmania's reputation as a world-class walking destination.  That's why the Tasmania Government is determined to make the Three Capes Track vision a reality," said Mr Wightman.

"Following the recent Cape Hauy Track upgrade, work which supported around 40 jobs, we conducted a review of the costs associated with building a walking track to the highest standards in such a remote, demanding and environmentally sensitive region.

"As a result of that review we have taken a decision to focus on the eastern portion of the Three Capes Track as a priority.  Once completed in late 2015, this will deliver a three-night, four-day walking experience covering a distance of approximately 35 kilometres.

"We believe this shorter trek will have strong appeal.  Together with the stunning scenery and supporting facilities, I have no doubt it will quickly establish itself as one of Australia's best coastal walks.

"The review also updated the project's economic modelling.  It concluded that construction of the eastern section alone will support more than 264 local jobs over the next three years and boost annual economic activity by $13.5 million.

"When this initial portion of the walk is fully operational, we will have a new uniquely Tasmanian bushwalking experience supporting around 278 jobs, including 44 on the Tasman Peninsula.  It will also boost Gross State Product by $14.1 million and inject $1.6 million a year into the Tasman region.

According to work done by industry groups, the long term economic benefits of the Three Capes Track are even greater when the day walk market is included in the modelling.

The $25.3 million Three Capes Track project is being jointly funded by the Federal and Tasmanian governments.