Darlington, Maria Island National Park
Historic settlement at Darlington, Maria Island National Park (photograph: Joe Shemesh)

Maria Island facility upgrades

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Construction of new toilet facilities at two Maria Island campsites has begun and is expected to be complete when parks and reserves are reopened to the public.

The upgrades on toilet facilities at Encampment Cove and Frenchs Farm campsites, located about 10 kilometres outside the World Heritage Darlington Precinct aim to improve the visitor experience for the growing number of people exploring Maria Island.

Local contractors will construct new toilet facilities at each site. These will replace the current single toilets with two cubicles and upgraded waste treatment systems. Additionally, new heritage guttering on Frenchs Farmhouse will increase the water collection capacity.

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

Work on connecting the Jetty and Penitentiary amenities block to the existing wastewater treatment facility through a new transfer system is expected to begin in a couple of months. This will replace a septic system which has reached the end of its life. It is expected to take about six weeks to complete this transfer system.

Both projects will provide improved long term environmental outcomes for the island which continues to grow in popularity.