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Revamped Lighting Provides Illuminating Experience At King Solomons Caves


One of Tasmania's oldest tourist caves, King Solomons Cave in the Mole Creek Karst National Park, has re-opened, complete with upgraded lighting technology providing a fantastic new visitor experience.

Government Member for Lyons Heather Butler said infrastructure improvements to the cave costing $175,000 have improved visitor safety, reduced environmental impact of visitors and resulted in a very different experience when visiting the cave.

"Mole Creek has a long history of cave tourism, with the first guided tours held as early as 1908," Mrs Butler said.
"This lighting upgrade is a quantum leap forward incorporating new lighting technology and a revised approach to illumination in tourist caves.

"In the past, the main focus of cave lighting was to bring light in to allow visitors to see as much as possible, whereas these days the approach is to use less lighting and create a more intimate experience of the cave's features."

Mrs Butler said the new, low-voltage, high efficiency lights are linked to a computerised operating system and are energy efficient.

"The lights are on only while people are in a certain area of the cave.

"The overall energy requirements are therefore lower and energy is not wasted by running lights where they're not required.

"In addition, modern illumination does not require the light source and associated wiring to be attached to cave formations which reduces impacts in both installation and maintenance.

"This is a substantial improvement in conserving the natural environment of the cave," Mrs Butler said.
Additional works at King Solomons Cave include the installation of new drains and boot wash stations to minimise mud being brought into the cave.

Sections of new stainless steel handrails have been installed throughout much of the cave.

The improvements were funded by the Tasmanian Government's Economic and Social Infrastructure Fund.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.