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Failing to plan is planning to fail

2024-06-19T07:10:37+00:00June 19th, 2024|

About forty per cent of Tasmania’s land area is reserved land however no reserve has a current management plan. More than a third of the area of reserved land lacks any management plans, including three national parks.

TNPA News No 37 – Winter 2024

2024-06-07T21:36:32+00:00June 7th, 2024|

This issue of TNPA News contains articles analysing a number of significant issues, including proposed "reform" of the approval process for developments within our parks and reserves, and the lack of up-to-date management plans for most of Tasmania's reserve estate.

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.

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