Have a say on Fr­eycinet

Plan aims to pro­tect Tassie tourism jewel

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - NICK CLARK

THE tourism in­dus­try has hailed the vi­sion of the Draft Fr­eycinet Penin­sula Mas­ter Plan to get ve­hi­cles out of the na­tional park.

The plan was re­leased for pub­lic com­ment yes­ter­day.

Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil of Tas­ma­nia chief ex­ec­u­tive Luke Martin said he was ex­cited by the plan to re­strict traf­fic in the park by build­ing a trans­port node and us­ing wa­ter trans­port and shut­tle buses.

“It is a big plan and to achieve it is go­ing to cost a lot of money,” he said.

“Cra­dle Moun­tain and Fr­eycinet are the two hot spots and now that Cra­dle has a plan, it is time to start mov­ing to­wards a sus­tain­able plan for Fr­eycinet to man­age the growth.”

Mr Martin said a man­age­ment model sim­i­lar to Port Arthur could help raise the funds for the vi­sion.

“At the mo­ment a car with five peo­ple can get into Fr­eycinet for the price of a day en­try pass for $27 and spend a whole day at Wine­glass Bay,” he said.

“[Have] a model like Port Arthur, where money raised at the site is spent there, rather than sucked into a cen­tral pool.”

Tas­ma­nian Pre­mier Will Hodg­man said the mas­ter plan aimed to pro­tect and man­age the val­ues that made the Fr­eycinet Penin­sula on the East Coast spe­cial for both vis­i­tors and lo­cals.

The plan aims to pro­tect cultural, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial val­ues in the face of a mas­sive in­crease in vis­i­tors.

The mas­ter plan en­vis­ages an in­crease from the present 301,000 vis­i­tors to 330,000 by 2020.

“Fr­eycinet is one of Tas­ma­nia’s pre­mier tourism hot spots, which draws peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the re­gion’s stun­ning nat­u­ral beauty,” he said.

“It is a world-class vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion.”

Five ini­tia­tives have been iden­ti­fied as the key to re­solv­ing the chal­lenge of vis­i­tor growth. (see above)

The pub­lic can com­ment on the plan un­til 9am, July 23.

A study of cruise ship vis­its and scenic he­li­copter flights will be un­der­taken to un­der­stand their im­pacts.

The plan also looks at main­tain­ing the cur­rent level of com­mer­cial day-based op- er­a­tions south of The Haz­ards within the Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park to pro­tect the sense of wild­ness for those who ven­ture be­yond the pri­mary day use ar­eas.

Visi­ta­tion at Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park has in­creased from 186,000 in 2011-12 to 301,000 last fi­nan­cial year.

Fr­eycinet Ac­tion Net­work con­vener So­phie Un­der­wood wel­comed the mas­ter plan.

“Fr­eycinet is iconic and an im­por­tant part of the Tas­ma­nian brand so it is good to see that there is a six-week com­ment pe­riod,” she said.

“This is the kind of con­sid­er­a­tion that we need to be hav­ing statewide at a time when Tas­ma­nia is re­ceiv­ing mas­sive in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure and there is in­creas­ing for­eign own­er­ship.”

The mas­ter plan was de- veloped over the past eight months with in­put from the com­mu­nity and a steer­ing committee com­pris­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the De­part­ment of State Growth, Glam­or­gan Spring Bay Coun­cil, East Coast Tourism, the Fr­eycinet As­so­ci­a­tion Inc and Fr­eycinet Des­ti­na­tion Ac­tion Plan group.

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