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Your financial contribution helps us monitor and advocate for the environmental and conservation values of Tasmania’s national parks.

The Tasmanian National Parks Association Inc is an Australian Registered Charity. Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible.

To make it simple and safe for you to donate we’ve created a secure Give Now account, a platform which makes it easy for people to donate to their favourite causes.

Despite the best efforts of our legal representatives, the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) overturned the Central Highlands Council’s decision to refuse a permit for helicopter-accessed visitor accommodation at Halls Island, Lake Malbena in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. In January 2020 we (TWS, TNPA & two individuals) lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in order to argue that RMPAT erred in relying on the Parks and Wildlife Service’s Reserve Activity Assessment of the Lake Malbena proposal. Our initial appeal to the Supreme Court was unsuccessful but we won in our subsequent appeal to the Full Court. The result is that RMPAT is required to consider whether the proposal complies with the “prescriptive requirements” of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 2016.

Our legal challenge to the Lake Malbena tourism development is now to be re-determined by TASCAT (formerly RMPAT). The hearing is likely occur in March 2022. We have already incurred significant legal fees. The total costs will become clearer after the directions hearing on 9 December 2021 but they are likely to be substantial. For background and a summary of the Lake Malbena issue, see here.

Your donation will help us to meet these costs and to protect Tasmania’s national parks

Donate to our Tasmanian Parks Guardian and Monitoring Program using the secure online platform Give Now.

You can also donate electronically by direct transfer to :

BSB: 807 009
Account Number: 5135 7585
Name of account: TNPA Public Fund

Please note that the account for donation is different from the account for membership.

Please contact us at with your contact information and the date you made the transfer to alert us to your donation and so our Treasurer can correctly identify it and send a receipt to you.

Lake Malbena, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Photo: Grant Dixon

Thanks for Supporting Our Work

  • The Pelion Plains in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Part of the iconic Overland Track. Photo: Grant Dixon

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area encompasses 1.6 million hectares of Tasmanian’s southwest and central highlands. Its World Heritage status implies the highest possible level of protection but pro-development governments mean threats to the area’s integrity and wild character persist.

  • Painted Cliffs, Maria Island National Park. Photo: Grant Dixon

National Park & Reserve Management

Poor planning and inappropriate development in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves is not restricted to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

  • Waterfall Valley, Cradle Mountain - Lk S Clair National Park. Photo: Gaant Dixon

Tourism & Park Planning

The Tasmanian Government's policy of 'unlocking our national parks' with minimal opportunity for public scrutiny of proposed developments is a a major threat to the integrity of our parks and reserves.

  • Bushwalker above Lake Judd, Southwest National Park. Photo: Grant Dixon.

Recreation Management

Tasmania is one on the most highly regarded bushwalking areas in Australia and there is a long history of attempts to achieve the sustainable management of walking tracks and their use by walkers.

  • Western Arthur Range in the Southwest National Park. Photo: Geoff Dixon


The protection of wild character and managing the opportunity for visitors to experience wilderness underpins a great deal of our work.

The Tasmanian National Parks Association offers an independent voice for Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, to ensure they are managed for the conservation of the values for which they were proclaimed.

Our Approach

We reinforce public values, concerns and criticisms to policy makers and managers, while promoting conservation awareness.

Our Work

A major current concern is the threat to the integrity of parks and reserves from inappropriate tourism developments.

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