Given the provisions of the Nature Conservation Act 2002, we are deeply concerned about the lack of justification from government for creating a national park in the Bay of Fires area, and the proposed boundaries.

Under the legislation a national park should be “A large area of land containing a representative or outstanding sample of major natural regions, features or scenery” the purpose of this classification of land being “the protection and maintenance of the natural and cultural values of the area of land while providing for ecologically sustainable recreation consistent with conserving those values”.

Before the new national park is proclaimed (and in our view before consultation on the boundaries) these requirements must be publicly demonstrated to be met.

Bay of Fires. Photo: Alison Hetherington

Bay of Fires. Photo: Alison Hetherington

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.