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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.

  • Cooks Beach, Freycinet National Park. Photo: Grant Dixon

Freycinet standing camps

2023-11-08T06:02:12+00:00November 1st, 2023|

The Glamorgan/Spring Bay Council has recently approved a development application for the “reinstatement” of commercial standing camps at Cooks Corner and Bluestone Bay which have been inoperative for almost twenty years. The TNPA considers that the proposal should have been assessed by both Council and PWS as a new proposal, not a “reinstatement” of the previous camps.

New fee for Cradle Mountain visitors

2023-11-08T04:29:40+00:00October 20th, 2023|

PWS has recently announced that adults will be required to purchase a $15 ticket to use the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus. The announcement has been widely criticised because it represents a reversal of the undertaking that shuttle bus costs would be covered by park entry fees. TNPA affirms its support, in principle, for the shuttle bus service and opposition to the proposed cableway.

Aboriginal values & wilderness fundamental to TWWHA

2023-09-25T07:14:16+00:00September 25th, 2023|

Conservation groups have written to Australia’s Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek MP, to welcome the new Retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (page 16) for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) of Lutruwita/Tasmania. The Statement, provided by the Australian government, was approved by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its 45th session in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, in late September 2023.

Draft Aboriginal Lands Amendment Bill

2023-09-19T06:31:09+00:00September 19th, 2023|

The consultation draft of this Bill misses an opportunity to facilitate benefits to both Aboriginal people's well-being and conservation land management, even though it proposes to enable reserved land to be declared Aboriginal land under the Aboriginal Lands Act 1995.

Trout in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

2023-09-01T04:49:53+00:00September 1st, 2023|

Where introduced trout have successfully established themselves the ecological damage has been done and cannot be undone. This makes the protection of the ecological integrity of the remaining trout-free waters in the TWWHA and elsewhere in Tasmania all the more important.

Tourism Strategy

2023-07-16T20:29:07+00:00July 16th, 2023|

We welcome the acknowledgement of the finite capacities of our natural areas and recommendations for research to understand “carrying capacity, cumulative impact, limits and thresholds”. Our major concern is the disconnect between this call for evidence-based planning and the unchallenged emphasis throughout the rest of the Key Directions Paper on growing visitor numbers.

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