The Wellington Park Draft Visitor and Recreation Strategy is a welcome and timely document and TNPA is generally supportive of the approach proposed. Our greatest concern is the low priority given to management of visitor numbers and the related development of a strategy for the use of the Pinnacle Road. Visitor numbers are rapidly returning to pre-Covid levels and the management of access is fundamental to many of the other strategies (e.g. walking, cycling, commercial use) proposed in the draft strategy. This needs to be addressed urgently.
At a broader level the TNPA would like to see a review of the management arrangements for Wellington Park with a view to consolidating all important responsibilities (e.g. planning, operational management, funding) in a single agency (we acknowledge that this is far beyond the scope of this strategy).
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.