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A new visitor shelter and toilet facility in the Hartz Mountains National Park will provide a much-needed facility during bad weather and comfort stop for visitors.

Construction is under way on the facility next to the main car park at the beginning of the Hartz Peak track.

The Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, said the new shelter and toilet will be a great asset to the national park.

"It will be a great improvement for visitors to what is one of the overlooked jewels of Tasmania's parks and a window into the southwest wilderness," Ms Wriedt said.

"The shelter will include walker registration and information sections, an area for picnics and it will provide a grandstand view of the mountain ranges.

"Even during bad weather visitors will be able to stay a while and enjoy the magnificence of the Hartz sheltered from the weather."

The main car park at the end of the road is a focal point for all visitors as this is where the prime walks to Lake Osborne, Lake Esperance and Hartz Peak begin.

The development will also provide a facility for school groups to use and will aid nature-based educational activities.

Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Phil Bradley accompanied Geeveston's community Streetscape Committee representative, Reg Riley, on a visit to the site recently.

Mr Riley commented after the visit that the facility was a much-needed addition to the Hartz National Park and he expected it would be welcomed by the many visitors to the area.

Ms Wriedt said the new shelter will also complement a series of recent improvements at Hartz, including walking track upgrades and viewing platform installations.

"Completion of the new shelter and toilet is a major contribution toward the development of Hartz as a showcase for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area," she said.