Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage AreaHow to be involved
Have Your Say in the Formulation of a New Management Plan
The World Heritage Convention aims to promote cooperation among nations to protect heritage around the world that is of such outstanding universal value that its conservation is important for current and future generations. As a participating nation in the Convention, Australia has agreed to identify, protect, conserve and present its cultural and natural heritage and to ensure an appropriate management system is in place for each of its World Heritage properties.
The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is formally recognised through World Heritage listing as being part of the natural and cultural heritage of the world community because of its outstanding universal value. The Tasmanian Wilderness is an extensive, wild, beautiful temperate land where early heritage of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people is preserved.
The property was first inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1982 on the basis of four natural criteria and three cultural criteria, and, as of 2013, is one of only two properties listed globally with this many criteria. The property has been subsequently expanded several times with a major extension in 1989 and minor boundary modifications in 2010, 2012 and 2013. The June 2013 minor boundary modification added approximately 170 000 hectares to the TWWHA including additional areas of tall eucalypt forest.
Since inscription on the World Heritage List, the TWWHA has been managed under a partnership arrangement between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments which ensures the protection of its outstanding natural and cultural heritage. Day-to-day management of the area is the responsibility of the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE). Currently, the majority of the area is managed in accord with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1999 (Plan). This Plan is a revision of, and replaced the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1992. The Plan is now outdated and does not cover the extensions made to the TWWHA in 2012 and 2013. The Tasmanian government, supported by the Commonwealth government, has committed to the development of a contemporary management plan for the TWWHA. This commitment is reflected in the National Partnership Agreement on the Implementation of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement 2013 which provides funding to develop a contemporary statutory management plan for the TWWHA.
A project team within DPIPWE has been established to oversee the formulation of the new management plan.
The Project Team is interested in understanding the full range of views across the community in relation to the management of the TWWHA, in particular the recent extension. With this in mind a series of public forums in nine locations were held across the state to provide an opportunity for the community to put forward its views and for the Project Team to provide information on the management planning process. The forums were conducted on an informal basis allowing for an open discussion of issues and concerns with the aim to:
- The first stage of the development of the new plan is currently underway and consists of an informal period of community and stakeholder consultation. The results of this consultation will inform the development of a first draft which will be released for further, formal public comment in accordance with the established statutory process. It is expected that the draft management plan will be available for formal public representations in April 2014.
- A Directors Report, addressing the public representations, will then be prepared and any revisions of the management plan arising from the public representations will be made.
- The final draft plan and the Directors Report will be submitted for consideration by the Tasmanian Planning Commission (or the proposed Parks and Reserves Authority if it is in place) prior to being finalised in late August 2014.
The forums were generally well attended and were of great value to the Project Team. While there were some specific issues raised in relation to particular areas which have been noted, several key themes have clearly arisen through the public forum process. These themes are summarised in the document below and will be considered and addressed in the draft plan:
- Provide information to the community on the management plan process;
- Provide an opportunity for the community to raise any issues relating to management of the TWWHA in general; and
- Provide an opportunity for the community to discuss management issues within the recent TWWHA extension.
This is a Portable Document Format (PDF) file and requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Reader is easy to download and is free of charge.
The Project Team wish to thank all those who attended the public forums.
In addition, written submissions and enquiries are welcome.
Written submissions collected during the informal consultation process (stage 1) will be considered internally by the Project Team in formulating the first draft of the management plan.
- Email: email@example.com or
- Post to: ‘Project Manager’
TWWHA Management Plan Project
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44
Hobart, TAS, 7001
The project team requires all written submissions to be provided by the end of February 2014 to allow for proper consideration in the draft plan.
Further updates on the progress of the project will be posted on this page.
For specific enquiries please contact the Project Manager:
Phone: 6233 2404 or 6165 3065
The Australian Government Department of the Environment’s website including information about the values and the submissions to the World Heritage Committee and its members to make its decision to extend the boundary in June 2013 and a series of maps showing the current TWWHA boundary (and the 2010 and 2012 additions): http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/world/tasmanian-wilderness/resources.html
See also: the existing TWWHA management plan.