The TNPA believes that the return of reserved land to Aboriginal people for management under appropriate legislation for Aboriginal protected areas affords an opportunity to achieve a dual benefit:

  • improving the well-being of Aboriginal people by involving them meaningfully in the management of the land; and
  • improving the management of the land for conservation purposes.

The Aboriginal Lands Amendment Bill consultation draft misses this opportunity, even though it proposes to enable reserved land to be declared Aboriginal land under the Aboriginal Lands Act 1995.

Aboriginal midden, takayna / Tarkine region. Photo Grant Dixon

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.