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Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service announce road opening


Florentine Road and Arve Road (to the Hartz Mountain junction) are officially reopened to the public.More

Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves


The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!


In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

Melaleuca – Cox Bight Management Statement 2014

The full version of the Melaleuca – Cox Bight Management Statement 2014 is available for download as a PDF [2 MB].


The land covered by this non-statutory plan is part of the Southwest National Park in remote south-west Tasmania. The plan area covers a 3823 ha section of the national park between Melaleuca and Cox Bight (see Map 1).
The plan area was first reserved in April 1966 as part of the Southwest Conservation Area. Although the surrounding area became Southwest National Park in 1990, the plan area continued to be a section of the Southwest Conservation Area to allow for the Cox Bight–Melaleuca tin field to remain open for mining and exploration. After mining formally ceased the area was included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) in June 2012, thereby fulfilling a World Heritage Committee recommendation from 2008. It became part of the Southwest National Park in December 2012. The addition of the plan area to the Southwest National Park provides consistency and management continuity for the whole of the south-west.

The critically endangered orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster) is the most high profile value and the parrot’s survival is the most pressing conservation issue. The plan area is considered to be the focus of orange-bellied parrot breeding and foraging habitat and is therefore the focus of activities aimed at conservation of the parrot. Other important values include the Aboriginal heritage of the Needwonnee people, prominent geoheritage features such as the peat mounds, and the more recent historic heritage associated with alluvial tin mining.

The plan area also needs to be managed to protect its characteristic remote south-west setting – a key value that is a great attraction for visitors. Bushwalkers pass through the area on the wild South Coast Track. Development within the plan area requires particular care to ensure that significant values are protected while providing for visitors.

The main threats to the plan area are biosecurity risks and potential impacts from uncontrolled bushfire. The former include infestations of Phytophthora cinnamomi and the potential introduction of weeds and pests, such as amphibian chytrid fungus. A number of strategies are proposed to mitigate these threats including the development and implementation of a biosecurity plan, the provision of washdown stations and education around their use, increased awareness of existing Phytophthora infestations, and avoidance of further ground disturbance.

The unique features of the area, and a relatively low level of human interference, also provide researchers with an opportunity to observe, measure and document responses to sea-level rise and climate change.