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.
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.
The Spero - Wanderer region is a 139,000 hectare tract of wild country south of Macquarie Harbour and west of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) that has been left out of the TWWHA.
The latest submission from the proponent of a helicopter-accessed tourism development at remote Lake Malbena, seeking federal approval, has not engaged with the concerns of the 1000s of stakeholders who wrote to him last year, and the whole process lacks integrity due to his treatment of these representations.
The Wellington Park Draft Visitor and Recreation Strategy is a welcome and timely document and TNPA is generally supportive of the approach proposed although we remain concerned about the low priority given to management of visitor numbers.
Wild Drake Pty Ltd is attempting to obtain federal government approval to construct a helicopter-accessed lodge at Lake Malbena. The latest round of consultation closed on 19 October 2022. Our comments concentrated on the deficiencies of the information published by the proponent.
Under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993, the State Planning Provisions determine what land uses and developments are allowed, are prohibited or may be permitted by a local council in particular zones. The Act requires the provisions to be reviewed every 5 years.
The State Government published a consultation paper about changing the Aboriginal Lands Act 1995 so it provides better for the return of land to Tasmania’s Aboriginal people. The paper included a suggestion that reserves could be identified for return.
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.
Wild feral deer are a significant threat to the natural values of Tasmania’s unique and valuable national parks and protected areas. While there are some positive initiatives in the draft Tasmanian Wild Fallow Deer Management Plan, fundamentally, wild deer should be managed as an invasive species and biosecurity risk.