• Miena

In the heart of Tasmania lies yingina, the traditional name for Great Lake, Australia's second-largest freshwater lake.

There, you'll find Miena, a small-shack town where many Tasmanians go on weekends for fishing, hunting and some peace and quiet.

But according to the ABC, a plan to create a 107km walking and mountain bike trail around the lake has met a mixed response.

The man behind the proposal is James Johns, who runs the Great Lake Hotel at Miena.

"It (would be) a five-day bushwalk or, basically, a two-day mountain bike ride," he said of the trail.

"An ecologically sound attraction will benefit the whole Central Highlands, not just Miena."

Mr Johns says a feasibility study has been done and he hopes the 18-month build can start this time next year.

While some permanent residents like the idea, shack owners are worried it could change their experience of the area.

James Johns hopes the trail can attract more people to the region, capitalising on the success of mountain bike and walking trails in other parts of the state, and benefiting the permanent residents that live at the lake year-round.

Planning is in the early stages, but is likely to include camping options along the trail.

"People will be coming up and going through towns such as Deloraine, Longford, Cressy .. .they will all benefit," he said.

Resident David Meacheam agreed, saying it would attract younger visitors and "even out" economic benefits for the region.

"I just think overall it's an ideal form of development," he said.

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