A remarkable number of parks-related funding pledges were forthcoming during the Tasmanian election campaign. Increased parks' funding is welcome, but several proposals are of concern.
The TNPA calls for an immediate end to the call for Expressions of Interest for Tourism Opportunities on Reserved Land, a statutory, open and transparent process to control development on reserved land, and additional funding for reserve management to address the chronic under-funding of the Parks and Wildlife Service and Wellington Park Management Trust.
What are both Tasmania’s major political parties thinking of? Endorsing an extremely expensive proposal, with the potential to change Cradle Mountain forever, without any serious consideration of consequences, alternatives, or financial viability!
The Geeves Effect is based around a proposal to construct a high grade walking track and associated accommodation in the vicinity of the iconic Federation Peak, within the wildest part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
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.