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The Tasman Peninsula has received a timely jobs boost with Stage Two of the Three Capes Track starting this week.

The eastern portion of the track, from Denmans Cove to Fortescue Bay, will provide a 35 kilometre walk over four days, from November 2015.

The Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, said local companies have been chosen through a tender process, and Stage Two construction will create up to 40 jobs.

"Tasmania's already a spectacular and coveted walking destination, and this will be a jewel in the crown," Mr Wightman said.

"The Three Capes Track will weave through one of the world's most scenic areas, and establish itself as one of Australia's best coastal walks.

"Eventually, more than 10,000 people every year will be able to walk it, and sample the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula.

"The timing of State Two construction is especially welcome. Given the impact of the recent bushfires, new job opportunities on and around the Tasman Peninsula are all the more important," he said. 

The major contractors are Mountain Trails for track construction, Nicholls Excavations (of Nubeena) for gravel supplies, and Helicopter Resources for air services.

Seven kilometres of the Stage Two tracks is expected to be finished this winter, in three portions. The surface will vary between treated timber 'duckboard' and compacted gravel and stone.

Hut designs are being finalised with Hobart architects JAWS. A prototype hut is likely to be used as a base for track crews during construction.

The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, welcomed ongoing progress on the Three Capes Track.

"Our iconic wilderness and coastal walks continue to be a major drawcard for visitors from both interstate and overseas," Mr Bacon said.

"Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors take part in some form of bushwalking, and the Three Capes Track will no doubt give visitors another exciting reason to visit our state," he said.

The first phase of the Three Capes Track was completed in July last year, with 4.7 kilometres of track upgraded from Cape Hauy to Fortescue Bay.

The $25 million Three Capes Track is jointly funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.

When complete, it's expected to:

• Generate about $3 million each year, and support 70 direct and indirect jobs in the Tasman Peninsula region.

• Inject $20 million and support 334 direct and indirect jobs in Tasmania as a whole.