Publications

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News & Media Releases

Current or topical items related to our ongoing campaigns.

Backward step for accountability

Proposed changes to the PWS Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) and management planning processes represent a major step backwards – we need greater rigor and transparency in decision making – not less!

Reform of PWS Reserve Activity Assessment process

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

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

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

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

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.

Our Journal

Our journal, TNPA News, is published twice a year. It aims to provide informative articles on issues related to national parks and other reserves, as well as updates on our activities and campaigns. Below are links to recent issues.

TNPA News No 37 – Winter 2024

This issue of TNPA News contains articles analysing a number of significant issues, including proposed "reform" of the approval process for developments within our parks and reserves, and the lack of up-to-date management plans for most of Tasmania's reserve estate.

TNPA News No 36 – Spring 2023

This issue of TNPA News contains two articles on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, one positive, one rather less so. Another reflects on the increasing commercial orientation of some of Tasmania’s best-known tracks.

TNPA News No 35 – Autumn 2023

This issue of TNPA News contains a photo feature on Tasmania's 'forgotten wilderness', the 139,000 hectare Spero - Wanderer region left out of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area south of Macquarie Harbour.

Reports & Submissions

We make formal and informal representations on a range of issues concerning national park and reserve management and also prepare periodic reports on related subjects. Below are links to some recent reports and submissions.

Failing to plan is planning to fail

About forty per cent of Tasmania’s land area is reserved land however no reserve has a current management plan. More than a third of the area of reserved land lacks any management plans, including three national parks.

Reform of PWS Reserve Activity Assessment process

The Tasmanian government is proposing a developer-friendly development assessment and approval process that facilitates the development of Lutruwita / Tasmania's World Heritage Areas, national parks and other reserves. Submissions are due by 8 March 2024.

Maugean skate under threat

It our recent submission to the federal EPBC review of salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour, the TNPA urged Environment Minister Plibersek to revoke the 2012 NCA-PM decision which allowed the expansion of marine farming in Macquarie Harbour. It should be replaced with a decision to prohibit salmonid aquaculture in those waters.

Land tenure in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

The opportunity remains for a major rationalisation of land tenure within then Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. A reduction in the plethora of land parcels and tenures, could improve protection and would greatly simplify management.

Update on Tyndalls ‘Next Iconic Walk’ project

A Development Application for PWS's 'Next Iconic Walk' project is likely to be released early in 2024, and completion of construction is currently planned for 2029. Most of our original fundamental problems with the project remain, plus some new concerns have recently come to light.

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.

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