A new proposal for a hut-based guided walk to South East Cape within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area will impact on the Wilderness Zone.
A theme common to a number of articles in this issue of TNPA News is that Tasmania is being ‘loved to death’. But maybe ‘love’ is not the appropriate word, ‘visited to death’ would be more apt, for ‘love’ implies care.
The 1999 TWWHA Management Plan was not perfect but a good compromise. The 2014 draft management plan was extremely regressive and more than 7000 public submissions opposed many of its core proposals.
The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area encompasses 1.6 million hectares of Tasmanian’s southwest and central highlands. Its World Heritage status implies the highest possible level of protection but pro-development governments mean threats to the area’s integrity and wild character persist.
There has been considerable documentation of World Heritage and other values but monitoring of their condition is inadequate and a TWWHA boundary that both includes all important values and facilitates effective management of these has yet to be achieved.
The final Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan, released in December 2016, still contains many failings and deficiencies and we envisage ongoing campaigns to protect the area's values and integrity as a result.
In its haste to get work started on new facilities at Cradle Mountain, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service is minimising public scrutiny and allowing some of the tourism industry’s inappropriate ideas.
The Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania (PMAT) is a new alliance of community groups from across Tasmania united with a common concern over the weakening of the state’s planning rules.