Over 200,000 ha was burnt this summer, including about 93,000 ha in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. A number of fire-sensitive areas have been seriously impacted or destroyed. Is this the new norm?
The Development Application for helicopter-accessed tourist accommodation at Lake Malbena, in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, was rejected by 6 votes to 3 at the Central Highlands Council meeting on 26th February 2019.
There would be significant loss of wilderness character at Lake Malbena and in the surrounding country if the proposed helicopter-based tourism development proceeds.
The Commonwealth’s role is very limited . The main mechanism for formal assessment against the requirements of the management plan is the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service’s Reserve Activity Assessment.
Offering a scholarly perspective on the definition of wilderness, this publication appraises the effectiveness of existing definitions and recommends a definition that focuses on experiential as well as ecological values.
Development on reserved land requires an assessment process that is statutory, open and transparent, and provides for public comment and appeal rights.
The bushfire situation in the TWWHA has worsened significantly in the last 40 years. Effective fire management depends on a range of risk management actions, none of which on their own provides a complete solution.
It is possible that the marketing will win out and the Three Capes Track will become a popular iconic walking experience but a more probable future is envisaged.