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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
10 May 1998
The Howard Government has committed $2 million for a variety of projects to protect and manage Tasmania's internationally renowned World Heritage area.
Environment Minister Robert Hill says funding for the projects reflects the Howard Government's strong commitment to Tasmania's World Heritage area.
Senator Hill says $895 000 will be used to repair damage to walking tracks bringing a double bonus for the area.
"Better walking tracks provide improved protection for the World Heritage area while also improving the experience for visitors.
"This project of reconstructing and repairing the walking track network will allow people to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Tasmanian Wilderness while preventing erosion and minimising environmental damage.
"In addition, $100 000 has been provided to upgrade ten tracks for walks of less than two hours and provide additional signage and interpretation materials.
"Funding of $400 000 is being provided to rehabilitate degraded land at the Central Plateau, Southwest National Park and Adamsfield Conservation Area.
"The Central Plateau contains the most severely degraded alpine environments in Australia and its rehabilitation is a priority.
"Work to reduce erosion problems will include seed collection and propagation, planting seedlings, laying fabrics on badly degraded areas and fencing.
"Other areas that were disturbed decades ago by road construction, mining, exploration and forestry will also be repaired and revegetated. The highest priority is a number of sites at Scotts Peak."
Senator Hill says other projects include improved visitor services at Cradle Mountain, including some road sealing, and new visitor facilities in the Meander and Liffey Forest Reserves."
The funding for Tasmania is part of $7.3 million of Commonwealth funding for the management of eight world heritage areas. Senator Hill today announced funding for a wide range of projects in the Wet Tropics, Shark Bay, Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island, Willandra Lakes, Lord Howe Island, Riversleigh and Naracoorte Fossil sites, and the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves in NSW and Queensland
Media contact - Matt Brown on 0419 693 515 or 026 277 7640.
May 10, 1998