Exciting times for Cradle Mountain

Matthew Groom, Minister for the Environment and Parks

24 June 2017

Cradle Mountain is one of the jewels in Tamania's crown of stunning natural locations.

It was my pleasure today to unveil the next step in the Cradle Mountain Experience Master Plan Project that will improve the visitor experience and ensure Cradle Mountain retains its reputation as a must see destination in Tasmania.

The visitor infrastructure, services and buildings for the Cradle Mountain area do not reflect the experience that many of our visitors to this area expect.  In particular the current main visitor centre is insufficient to deal with current visitor number demands or those forecast for the future.

The Hodgman Liberal Government committed $21.8 million in the 2017/18 Budget to progress the Master Plan's implementation.

The key features of the upgrades include the construction of a new visitor centre, commercial services hub and village precinct, and a new viewing shelter and viewing platform at Dove Lake as well as a plan for improved transportation within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Visitation has been booming at Cradle Mountain in recent years as more and more tourists flock to the state to experience our extraordinary natural environment, and the upgrades will attract even more tourists each year putting money into the regional economy.

The proposed village on the edge of the World Heritage Area is a key recommendation of the Master Plan, and I am very pleased we are taking action to ensure this project goes ahead to the benefit of everyone in the state's north-west.

A video on the project can be found on the Premier's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WillHodgman