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Tas tourist spot among digital upgrades

A popular Tasmanian tourist spot is among 51 areas set to receive improved mobile phone coverage under a federal government plan.

The Tahune Airwalk, south of Hobart, was shut for more than a year after being badly damaged in summer bushfires two years ago.

It is one of the areas targeted under the latest round of the Regional Connectivity Program, revealed on Thursday.

"Locals and tourists visiting and staying at the iconic Tahune Airwalk ... will soon enjoy better digital connectivity, meaning they can stay in touch and share more photos of pristine southern Tasmania," Federal Regional Communications Minister Mark Coulton said.

"This project will make the area more accessible online and in person, which will help the area to rebound from devastating bushfires two years ago, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic."

The rainforest airwalk, which was on track to attract 100,000 visitors in 2019, reopened in February last year after repairs that used 9000 new bolts and a thousand metres of wire.

The federal government has invested $27 million in the second tranche of the communication program, which also aims to improve services for Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

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