Stanley Nut is one of Tasmania's most popular short walks, attracting 70 000 visitors a year.

But local tourism operators have been complaining the Stanley Nut is in an embarassing state, with dangerous footpaths and out-of-control weeds.

Today the Parks Minister Michelle O'Byrne responded, announcing $285 000 to upgrade walking tracks and four lookouts.

"To make sure that it's there as an iconic drawcard for the region," she said.

"The quality of the facilities and the experiences that are offered at The Nut are integral to the successful growth, and I guess the well being of the tourism industry in Stanley but also the entire north-west region,

"So we've worked very hard to ensure that we can find the additional money that's required to get it up to scratch, and once its up to scratch we'll be able to maintain it a lot easier than has been the case."

Jason Clare from the Circular Head Tourism Association says it is great news, but still more money is needed to halt a major gorse infestation.

"I think it's a good start, lets put it that way."

The upgrade work should be completed by mid-2010, employing up to six casual workers.

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