Wastewater upgrades at Maria Island

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Parks

Upgrades to critical infrastructure at Maria Island to protect the environment and support visitor numbers is continuing in preparation for the re-opening of Tasmanian parks and reserves after the coronavirus emergency.

Tenders are now open to construct stage two of the wastewater transfer system for the Jetty and Penitentiary amenities blocks in the popular Darlington Precinct.

This follows the commencement of works to upgrade toilet facilities at the Encampment Cove and French’s Farm campsites, located about 10 kilometres outside the World Heritage Darlington Precinct.

Both projects aim to cater to the increasing popularity of Maria Island and to help protect the environment. It is also important that planning, maintenance and upgrades continue during the closure of parks and reserves to help support jobs and regional economies.

By getting on with tendering for this work now, we will continue to meet the commitments outlined in the Maria Island Re-Discovered Project, which aims drive sustainable tourism and preserve this amazing natural and cultural asset for generations to come.

We know that when parks reopen Maria Island will be among the top locations the Tasmanian community and visitors will want to spend time exploring with family and friends.

Work on connecting the Jetty and Penitentiary amenities block to the existing wastewater treatment facility through a new transfer system is expected to begin before the end of the financial year.

Delivered through the Tourism Infrastructure in Parks and Improving Statewide Visitor Infrastructure funds, the work should take about six weeks to complete.

The tender details are available at www.tenders.tas.gov.au

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