In contrast to 1989, when there was a major rationalisation of land tenures following the significant expansion of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, there was no immediate attempt to rationalise the confusion of land parcels of different tenures that resulted from the 2013 extensions, and not much since.

The opportunity remains for a major rationalisation of land tenure as occurred in 1989-90. The most exciting change would be the creation of a kooparoona niara
(Great Western Tiers) National Park managed with the involvement of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and incorporating the existing Mole Creek Karst National Park. Elsewhere, a reduction in the plethora of land parcels and tenures would greatly simplify management.

Great Western Tiers. Photo: Rob Blakers

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.