Funds pledge for the ‘jewel of the Derwent Valley’

A MAJORITY Liberal Party state government would spend $1.8 million on improvements to visitor services at Mt Field National Park, Premier Jeremy Rockliff said yesterday. Describing the area as the jewel of the Derwent Valley, Mr Rockliff said the works would include a new “arrivals concourse” as well as improved access and transport options from the visitor centre up to Lake Dobson, upgraded walking tracks in the alpine area and small-scale public huts for walkers.

“A re-elected majority Liberal Government will invest to enhance the visitor experience for visitors and locals alike, with new funding of $15 million allocated for major upgrades at Mt Field, the Nut State Reserve [at Stanley], and the Dial Range [near Penguin,” Mr Rockliff said.

Expanding on the announcement for New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News, Lyons Liberal MHA Guy Barnett said Mt Field was one of Australia’s most unique tourist destinations, describing its winter-deciduous native beech or fagus tree and the alpine views as a rare spectacle in Australia.

“This is why a re-elected majority Rockliff Liberal Government will continue to support the sustainable growth of infrastructure in the park to allow tourists and Tasmanians to experience this natural wonder for themselves,” Mr Barnett said.

“At Mt Field we will deliver improved access and transport options from the visitor centre to Lake Dobson. We will also invest in upgrading tracks in the alpine area and provide small-scale public huts for walkers. This will be delivered under a $15 million investment for major upgrades at Mount Field, the Nut State Reserve, and the Dial Range,” he said.

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