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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Developing more great bushwalks for Tasmania - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Developing more great bushwalks for Tasmania - Judy Jackson, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The potential to develop more great bushwalking experiences within Tasmania’s spectacular parks and reserves will be explored as part of a review of the State’s bushwalks.

Parks and Heritage Minister Judy Jackson said Tasmania currently has walking tracks that provide locals and visitors with a diverse range of walking opportunities in a wide range of environments across the State.

“Tasmania is unmatched for bushwalking opportunities, having more than 2000 kilometres of major walking tracks that travel through spectacular mountain, rainforest and coastal scenery,” Ms Jackson said.

“The Tasmanian Walking Track Strategy and Marketing Plan was developed in 1997 with the vision for Tasmania to be a world class walking destination.

“This plan has largely been implemented, with completion of the 60 Great Short Walks project in 2003 and the implementation of the vision for the Overland Track.”

Ms Jackson said the Overland Track was one of eight Great Bushwalks identified in the plan to be promoted and managed as key overnight walking track experiences in the State.

“It’s now an appropriate time to review opportunities for further bushwalking experiences in the State,” she said. “The Overland Track is world renowned as one of the great multi-day bushwalks and we believe the timing is right to examine the potential for more bushwalking experiences of this nature.”

The review of Tasmania’s bushwalks will be undertaken by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), Forestry Tasmania and Tourism Tasmania in conjunction with stakeholders.

It will focus on the 60 Great Short Walks and the proposal for the establishment of eight Great Bushwalks.

“This project is about identifying the demand for both short and longer walks, identifying suitable locations within our national parks or reserves and exploring the attributes that attract walkers to this experience,” he said.

For further information on the review of bushwalks, contact PWS visitor services research officer Mark Poll on 6233 2548.

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.

Further information: Tas


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