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News & Media Releases

Current or topical items related to our ongoing campaigns.

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

Defending Council’s Lake Malbena Decision

The Tasmanian National Parks Association and others have joined as parties to the appeal. We strongly believe that Council's decision to refuse a permit to this development should be upheld by the Tribunal.

Summary of the 2018-19 Tasmanian fire season

Over 200,000 ha was burnt this summer, including about 93,000 ha in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. A number of fire-sensitive areas have been seriously impacted or destroyed. Is this the new norm?

Lake Malbena Development Application rejected

The Development Application for helicopter-accessed tourist accommodation at Lake Malbena, in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, was rejected by 6 votes to 3 at the Central Highlands Council meeting on 26th February 2019.

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Our Newsletter

Our newsletter 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.

  • Organ Pipes at sunrise, Mt Wellington. Photo: Michael Roberts

Newsletter No 25 – Spring 2017

A theme common to a number of articles in this issue of TNPA News is that Tasmania is being ‘loved to death’. But maybe ‘love’ is not the appropriate word, ‘visited to death’ would be more apt, for ‘love’ implies care.

  • South Cape Bay, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Photo: Michael Roberts

Newsletter No 24 – Summer 2017

The theme of most articles in this edition of our newsletter is again the lack of adequate long-term planning and/or resources to facilitate this.

  • Giant Swamp Gum, Mt Field National Park. Photo: Mark Clemens

Newsletter No 23 – Winter 2016

This edition of our newsletter celebrates, in words and pictures, the centenary of the declaration of Mt Field National Park, Tasmania's first national park, in 1916.

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.

  • Walking track sign, Cockle Creek. Photo: Nick Sawyer

Cockle Creek Precinct draft site plan

The TNPA would be unlikely to support further expansion of visitor facilities into currently undisturbed areas; i.e. if visitor numbers continue to increase, an alternative approach is likely to be needed.

  • Dove Lake carpark from Marions Lookout, Cradle Mountain. Photo: Nick Sawyer

Dove Lake Viewing Shelter draft Development Proposal & EIS

No clear rationale for the proposed viewing shelter has been presented and it comprises one relatively minor component of the Cradle Mountain Master Plan without there having been any opportunity to express an opinion on the merits or otherwise of the overarching plan.

Refining the Definition of Wilderness

Offering a scholarly perspective on the definition of wilderness, this publication appraises the effectiveness of existing definitions and recommends a definition that focuses on experiential as well as ecological values.

  • The Hazards, Freycinet National Park. Photo: Grant Dixon

Draft Freycinet Master Plan 2018

Planning should start with consideration of the experience to be provided for visitors and the options available to achieve this. Serious consideration must be given to options beyond simply upgrading infrastructure to cope with ever increasing visitor numbers.

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.