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Source: State of Tasmania Government

3 October 2020

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Parks

The Tasmanian Government welcomes this week’s announcement from the Australian Government of funding for two important projects within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) from the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.

Following the receipt of the grant funding, the Tasmanian Government is calling for tenders to construct a new thermal efficient hut at the Lake Windermere overnight node on the Overland Track within the TWWHA.

The Windermere Hut will be jointly funded through the Government’s $3 million Improved Statewide Visitor Infrastructure program commitment and the Federal Governmebt’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery funding.

We are committed to improving the standard and quality of older huts along the multi-day track, and this project follows the successful completion of the Waterfall Valley hut earlier this year.

Similar works are planned for the Kia Ora overnight node during 2021/22 and the Federal funding has enabled the Tasmanian Government to move forward with planning, with design of this hut to commence.

These hut redevelopment projects ensure that we can continue to welcome walkers to this special part of Tasmania while protecting our natural assets for generations to come.

The tender for the new Windermere Hut is available at www.tenders.tas.gov.au, with construction expected to begin early in the new year.

A total of $4.8M has been funded for the redevelopment of huts on the Overland Track and improvements to public campsite infrastructure in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Together with state funding and in kind support from the Parks and Wildlife Service, this announcement paves the way for additional improvements to important public infrastructure in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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