Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on Tasmania’s North-West Coast.
``The $80,000 project was funded by the Tourism Infrastructure in Parks Fund,’’ Liberal MHA for Braddon Roger Jaensch said.
``The upgraded platforms are in the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.
``These sites contain considerable cultural material in the form of middens and artefacts that have been deposited over many thousands of years.
``The caves are still used by the Tasmanian Aboriginal community for shelter and ceremony.
``Archaeological study of the Aboriginal sites within the national park has revealed important historical information on the cultural practices, as well as the lifestyle and migration routes of Tasmanian Aboriginals, further highlighting the importance of preserving these significant sites.
``This is a great example of how we can protect our heritage by letting people in and explaining it to them, not locking them out,’’ Mr Jaensch.
For more information about Rocky Cape National Park, visit the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website: www.parks.tas.gov.au.