One of the nation’s most popular overnight bushwalks, the Overland Track, will receive $3 million for hut renovations if the Liberals are re-elected.
On Wednesday, the Liberals will announce their intention to invest more than $30 million into the state’s national parks and reserves.
The Overland Track funding will come under the umbrella of this investment, with the Liberals pledging to give huts along the 65 kilometre track a makeover.
Braddon Liberal MHA Joan Rylah said Tasmania’s national parks attracted roughly 1.3 million visitors per year and that we needed to “future-proof these much-loved icons so they can be enjoyed for years to come”.
“Last year, more than 9000 walkers experienced the Overland Track and it is important that good infrastructure supports and protects this great wilderness walk,” Mrs Rylah said.
“This is all about firstly protecting our national parks and reserves and then taking the experience to the next level which in turn supports 200 nature-based tourism operators and their employees.”
The Liberals have already committed $35 million to improve the Cradle Mountain area, with plans to establish a cable-way, which will give visitors increased access to Dove Lake, and “an iconic new tourism experience” near the entrance precinct.