Several aspects of the recent bushfires suggest that protection of rare and threatened fire-sensitive species was not effectively prioritised in the operational management of the 2016 firefighting efforts.
The government’s determination to facilitate private development within a national park with the absolute minimum of public involvement demonstrates its contempt for both the values of the national park and the concept of management planning.
The arguments put forward by the Federal government to revoke 74,000 ha of the recent extensions to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are severely flawed.
The preparation of a plan to manage this popular but environmentally-sensitive area is welcome and TNPA is generally supportive of its recommendations.
The Parks & Wildlife Service is inadequately funded to manage some 40% of Tasmania. Apart from additional funding, a review to identify the most cost effective and economically efficient approach to staffing, management and operational structures is required