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Backward step for accountability

2024-04-09T08:09:58+00:00April 9th, 2024|

Proposed changes to the PWS Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) and management planning processes represent a major step backwards – we need greater rigor and transparency in decision making – not less!

Reform of PWS Reserve Activity Assessment process

2024-02-07T08:23:18+00:00February 7th, 2024|

The Tasmanian government is proposing a developer-friendly development assessment and approval process that facilitates the development of Lutruwita / Tasmania's World Heritage Areas, national parks and other reserves. Submissions are due by 8 March 2024.

Reform of PWS Reserve Activity Assessment process

2024-01-31T08:35:31+00:00January 31st, 2024|

This so-called “reform” is not a reform of the RAA process at all. Its intention is to fast-track large and/or controversial proposals for development on reserved land. It proposes that developments that the Minister decides meet certain criteria will be assessed by an “independent assessment panel” and will not be subject to appeal on the merits of the proposal.

Maugean skate under threat

2024-01-30T11:24:41+00:00January 30th, 2024|

It our recent submission to the federal EPBC review of salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour, the TNPA urged Environment Minister Plibersek to revoke the 2012 NCA-PM decision which allowed the expansion of marine farming in Macquarie Harbour. It should be replaced with a decision to prohibit salmonid aquaculture in those waters.

kunanyi / Mt Wellington transport issues

2024-01-28T07:55:25+00:00January 28th, 2024|

Traffic management issues continue to affect visitors to kunanyi / Mt Wellington. This has, of course, generated renewed calls for a cable car, as if this would fix everything. A proposed cable car has dominated debate for several years and prevented consideration or more appropriate options.

TWWHA Walker Registration System

2023-12-17T06:36:12+00:00December 17th, 2023|

The TNPA supports the intent of the current walker registration system in the TWWHA (to constrain use to sustainable levels) but changes are required to its design and operation to achieve this, increase acceptance and monitor effectiveness.

TNPA News No 36 – Spring 2023

2023-12-14T04:32:50+00:00December 14th, 2023|

This issue of TNPA News contains two articles on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, one positive, one rather less so. Another reflects on the increasing commercial orientation of some of Tasmania’s best-known tracks.

Update on Tyndalls ‘Next Iconic Walk’ project

2023-11-08T06:02:55+00:00November 8th, 2023|

A Development Application for PWS's 'Next Iconic Walk' project is likely to be released early in 2024, and completion of construction is currently planned for 2029. Most of our original fundamental problems with the project remain, plus some new concerns have recently come to light.

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