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Have your say on redevelopment at Tidal River

PARKS Victoria is seeking comments on a draft concept plan for the redevelopment of the former works depot site at Tidal River.

Chief Ranger Wilsons Promontory National Park Craig Stubbings said $3.4 million construction works are currently taking place to rebuild a new works depot on a site adjacent to the water treatment plant.

“The existing depot site will be decontaminated and rehabilitated so that it meets contemporary standards,” said Mr Stubbings. “This will free up space to allow for the relocation of roofed accommodation to the site and the creation of other visitor facilities and open spaces.”

A draft concept plan has been prepared to create a new cabin accommodation precinct once the existing works depot is relocated.

The draft concept plan proposes: the removal of ten camp sites and eight motor huts from an Aboriginal Midden Area and the site restored as a protected area; ten powered drive-through campsites suitable for larger vans, located on the former Lorikeet Flats site; eight motor huts and a central camp kitchen for each cluster of four huts; a new toilet facility to cater for motor huts and camp sites; five individual Lorikeet Flats to replace the existing block facility.

The concept plan can be viewed at www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.

Comments from all interested parties are due by Thursday 19 August 2010 and can be submitted via email to WpromFeedback@parks.vic.gov.au; post to Wilsons Promontory National Park Draft Concept Plan Depot Site Parks Victoria, c/- Park Office, Wilsons Promontory National Park Tidal River VIC 3960; drop into the ‘Wilsons Promontory National Park – Have Your Say’ box at the Tidal River Visitor Centre; or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963

An information session for interested community members, including a guided tour of the former works depot site, will be held next Monday, August 2, from 2pm to 3.30pm, starting at the Tidal River Visitor Centre Theatrette.

Mr Stubbings said the Tidal River village at Wilsons Promontory National Park was close to the heart of many Victorians as well as interstate and international visitors. “All comments will be taken into consideration as we move to the next stage of redeveloping Tidal River to continue to provide a first class visitor experience,” he said.

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