Contract awarded for Ben Lomond snowmaking feasibility assessment

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Parks

Contract awarded for Ben Lomond snowmaking feasibility assessment

1 February 2022

The contract to undertake a Feasibility Study and Economic Benefit Assessment of the viability of snowmaking on the Ben Lomond Ski Fields has been awarded.

The highly regarded Tasmanian consultancy firm GHD Pty Ltd will carry out the study following an open tender process by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in November last year.

The report will assess the viability of snowmaking and will investigate economic, environmental and socially sustainable options for the ski fields.

Consultancy firm GHD brings considerable experience and expertise in alpine environments to the study, which will inform our approach to future investments on the mountain and most importantly, a new Management Plan for the park.

Ben Lomond is an important destination for Tasmania’s winter recreational pursuits, and it also has the potential as an emerging location for summer and year-round activities.

This study forms part of our commitment to invest $2.8 million towards making Ben Lomond a year-round recreational and tourism destination for all Tasmanians.

Stakeholder and community engagement will be part of the preparation of a contemporary Management Plan, including improvements to infrastructure that support the site’s future.

The snowmaking study follows other improvements completed by the PWS over the past two years, including the development of new walking tracks to the summit, a new car park at the base of Jacobs Ladder and a new toilet facility at the lower car park.

The outcomes of the study are expected to be finalised later this year.

For more information on Ben Lomond National Park please visit the PWS website: https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/ben-lomond-national-park

Building starts on the all-weather shelter at Ben Lomond National Park

Minister for Parks

Building starts on the all-weather shelter at Ben Lomond National Park

1 December 2021

The visitor experience at the Ben Lomond National Park will soon be enhanced with construction starting on a new $2.1 million public shelter to provide a state-of-the-art entry point into the village.

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has engaged Tasmanian business Anstie Constructions Pty Ltd to build the new shelter which will feature a heated internal area along with amenities and public toilets.

Importantly, the shelter has been designed to sensitively blend into the landscape and will replace the previous shelter that was unfortunately destroyed by fire during 2018.

Once complete, this new shelter will be an important recreational asset in northern Tasmania all year-round.

The Ben Lomond National Park snowfield activities provide economic benefits for the retail, recreation and tourism sectors both on and off the mountain.

In recent years there has also been a noticeable increase in summer visitation with visitors enjoying short walks, stunning wildflowers and a rich variety of bird life.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is proud to be working with the community to provide the best outcome for stakeholders and visitors to this iconic destination.