News & Media Releases

News & Media Releases2017-08-21T21:51:38+00:00

Reform of PWS Reserve Activity Assessment process

January 31st, 2024|

This so-called “reform” is not a reform of the RAA process at all. Its intention is to fast-track large and/or controversial proposals for development on reserved land. It proposes that developments that the Minister decides meet certain criteria will be assessed by an “independent assessment panel” and will not be subject to appeal on the merits of the proposal.

kunanyi / Mt Wellington transport issues

January 28th, 2024|

Traffic management issues continue to affect visitors to kunanyi / Mt Wellington. This has, of course, generated renewed calls for a cable car, as if this would fix everything. A proposed cable car has dominated debate for several years and prevented consideration or more appropriate options.

TWWHA Walker Registration System

December 17th, 2023|

The TNPA supports the intent of the current walker registration system in the TWWHA (to constrain use to sustainable levels) but changes are required to its design and operation to achieve this, increase acceptance and monitor effectiveness.

  • Cooks Beach, Freycinet National Park. Photo: Grant Dixon

Freycinet standing camps

November 1st, 2023|

The Glamorgan/Spring Bay Council has recently approved a development application for the “reinstatement” of commercial standing camps at Cooks Corner and Bluestone Bay which have been inoperative for almost twenty years. The TNPA considers that the proposal should have been assessed by both Council and PWS as a new proposal, not a “reinstatement” of the previous camps.

New fee for Cradle Mountain visitors

October 20th, 2023|

PWS has recently announced that adults will be required to purchase a $15 ticket to use the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus. The announcement has been widely criticised because it represents a reversal of the undertaking that shuttle bus costs would be covered by park entry fees. TNPA affirms its support, in principle, for the shuttle bus service and opposition to the proposed cableway.

Aboriginal values & wilderness fundamental to TWWHA

September 25th, 2023|

Conservation groups have written to Australia’s Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek MP, to welcome the new Retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (page 16) for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) of Lutruwita/Tasmania. The Statement, provided by the Australian government, was approved by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at its 45th session in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, in late September 2023.

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