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TNPA News No 33 – Autumn 2022

2022-05-29T20:08:16+00:00May 29th, 2022|

In this issue, we describe the history of Tasmania’s national park system, and note the centenary of one of Tasmania’s most famous parks. It is apparent that tourism development issues are not new, and disturbing current trends are noted. But there are also encouraging results from a recent national poll.

Cradle Mountain Centenary – 16th May 2022

2022-05-15T00:12:12+00:00May 15th, 2022|

The Tasmanian National Parks Association is calling for the area around Cradle Mountain to be protected from over-development including an intrusive cable car, a century after the area was reserved on 16 May 1922 to protect its scenery.

Lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Plan

2022-03-19T22:51:13+00:00March 19th, 2022|

The successful 1998 plan describing management of the Lower Gordon River is being reviewed in the context of the new TWWHA Tourism Master Plan, but it is disappointing the scope of new Draft Plan is limited to recreation and tourism use, rather than broader issues that affect the river.

Unlocking Our Parks

2022-05-14T23:57:19+00:00March 5th, 2022|

It is time to rethink Tasmania’s exploitation of our national parks as a resource for growing the tourism industry. We need to move beyond the simplistic ‘unlocking’ approach and develop a more nuanced policy that acknowledges and protects the values that attract visitors to Tasmania’s parks in the first place. What will it take to make the state government realise that its ‘unlocking’ policy is compromising the concept of a national park?

Proposed Maggs Mountain Rifle Range

2022-01-31T03:49:49+00:00January 31st, 2022|

Environment groups today called for the Tasmanian Government to approach with caution any attempts by the Kentish Rifle Club to obtain funding for their proposed rifle range on Maggs Mountain, near national park access routes. Hearing rifle shots detracts from characteristics of remoteness and isolation and an unmodified natural setting.

Tyndall Range ‘ Next Iconic Walk’ Feasibility Study

2021-12-21T04:47:02+00:00December 21st, 2021|

A study into a new overnight walk in the Tyndall Range claims the proposal is feasible, and the government has doubled the funding already committed to take it to $40 million. But the proposed Next Iconic Walk, and in particular its location and selection process, has been criticised by a range of eNGOs, and many aspects of the Feasibility Study reinforce these earlier concerns.

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