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Changes to Tasman National Park and Reserves Management Plan

01/02/2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking public input into changes proposed to the Tasman National Park and Reserves Management Plan 2001 to allow for the further assessment and development of the Three Capes Track.

Acting Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Michael Aird, said that the release of the Tasman National Park and Reserves Draft Management Plan 2008 provides an opportunity for formal public comment on the proposal.

"While there has been a lot of consultation with the Tasman community since the Three Capes Track feasibility study was launched last year, this is an opportunity for further input by interested people," Mr Aird said.

"There is also the opportunity for people to discuss the draft management plan with Parks staff at an open day to be held on Saturday, 23 February at the Eaglehawk Neck Hall between 10am and 5pm."

Mr Aird said the vision for the Three Capes Track is for a five night/six day combined walking and water experience that will be Australia's premier coastal bushwalking experience.

"The Tasmanian Government fully supports the Three Capes Track concept and this planning process is the next step towards making the track a reality," he said.

"Broadly, changes are proposed to accommodate the development of the track. For example the Recreation Zone has been extended along the indicative route of the Three Capes Track, while the definition of this zone has been extended to allow for huts associated with the track.

"These changes also provide for developing new camping sites along the Tasman Coastal Track and the track to Cape Pillar."

Mr Aird said that issues associated with protection of the park's natural and cultural values were considered as part of the feasibility study and will be further considered as part of a complete Environmental Impact Study.

The draft plan includes other changes that bring the plan up to date since the first plan was released in 2001. The update covers new information on natural values including Phytophthora and visitor use.

The plan will be on public exhibition until March 11, 2008. It is available on the Parks and Wildlife Service website at www.parks.tas.gov.au and through Service Tasmania.