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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Tasmanian Greens ...Media Release

SUPPORT FOR MT VICTORIA - BLUE TIER WALK

As Locals Walk The Trail Labelled ‘Unviable’ By Forestry


The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed the news that as the Overland Track closes for the season having been fully booked, local tour guides and visitors were setting off today on the ‘Alcheringa’ trail in the state’s north east to demonstrate that the extended five day walk is a tourist asset rather than the ‘unviable’ trail that Forestry Tasmania has labelled it.

Greens Member for Bass, Kim Booth MHA, said that it was fantastic that supporters of eco-tourism in the north east were continuing to showcase the icons of the area despite a lack of support from Forestry Tasmania, and that the groundswell of interest in the area was now unstoppable and that the sooner the area is managed as a tourist destination the better.

“What great news it is that the locals of the north east are taking it upon themselves to promote and develop the icon eco-tourist areas of Mt Victoria, the Rattler Range, the Frome Dam and of course the Blue Tier,” Mr Booth said.

“People from all over the country and the world are clamouring for more extended walks in Tasmania and this is one of the most versatile and accessible in the state.”

“The Greens congratulate track pioneer and local guide Lesley Nicklason for her dedication to the promotion of the north east highlands and I look forward to joining the walkers next week on the Blue Tier as they come to the end of their journey.”

“Hopefully we can celebrate the last day of the walk with Forestry Tasmania declaring the unreserved areas of the Blue Tier and surrounds a Nature Recreation Area and we can watch the eco-tourists start to arrive again,” Mr Booth said.

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