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Kia Ora Hut Facilities

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K​ia Ora Hut and Toilet Replacements​​​​​

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) invites public submissions on the proposed development to replace the public hut and toilet at Kia Ora overnight node, on the Overland Track (OLT). The proposal will upgrade existing facilities to meet contemporary building and environmental management standards and accommodate the walkers registered on the OLT each day.

Basic facilities are provided on the OLT for the purpose of sustainable management and walker safety. The OLT is Australia's premier alpine walk and attracts approximately 10,000 walkers annually. The proposed public hut reduces the spread of impacts by accommodating walkers in one location and will also provide a refuge from severe alpine conditions. The toilet will be upgraded to a full-capture system.

The proposal is located within the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). The draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been prepared in accordance with TWWHA Management Plan 2016. The proposal is also consistent with conservation, planning and development legislation, and implements polices and standards to reduce negative environmental impacts.​​​

Project Stages

Stage 1 - Draft Environmental I​mpact Statement (EIS) and supporting information were accepted as suitable for public consultation.

​Stage 2 - Public consultation process is advertised in three regional papers. Draft EIS and supporting information are available on the ‘Have your say’ page of PWS website.​

Stage 3 - The period for making public submissions has now closed. Final EIS and Submission Report is prepared by PWS, addressing comments received during the public consultation process.
Stage 4 - Assessment of the final EIS is completed and PWS prepares an Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) including the submission report and public submissions.
Stage 5 - Final EIS, EAR and public submission are published on the PWS website​.

Key Dates

Public consultation period beings:

• Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Close of comment period

• Friday,  30 April 2021

Final EIS assessment completed:

• to be announced

EIS, EAR and public submissions published:

​• to be announced

Have your say 

The draft EIS and supporting documents can be viewed or downloaded from this page. 

To have your say, comments can be made in the following ways:

• Email a written submission to:  

Kia Ora Hut Project Email​

• Post your submission to:

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

PO Box 809, Ulverstone TAS 7315

If you have any questions, please contact:

• Andrea Henderson, Planner PWS, 

​All written submissions on the EIS must be received by Friday, 30 April 2021, COB (date 28 days after consultation opens).

Accessibility of documents

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.

Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent. The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Important information to note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public.

If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government

The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals, then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

​The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality 

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.

Reference Documents

  Overland_Track_Kia_Ora_Hut_and_Toilet_Replacement   (4Mb)

  Appendix_1_-_Kia_Ora_Site_Concept_Plan   (2Mb)

  Appendix_2_-_Hut_Plans   (409Kb)

  Appendix_2a_-_Hut_Render   (2Mb)

  Appendix_3_-_Toilet_Plans   (486Kb)

  Appendix_4_-_Grey_Water_System_Design   (2Mb)

  Appendix_5_-_Preliminary_Bushfire_Hazard_Management_Area   (1Mb)

  Appendix_6_-_Additional_Assessment_Criteria_-_TWWHA_Management_Plan   (874Kb)

  Appendix_7_-_MNES_self_assessment   (840Kb)

  Appendix_8_-_Natural_Values_Survey   (2Mb)

  Appendix_9_-_Line_of_Sight_Map_from_nests   (2Mb)

  Appendix_9a_-_Line_of_Sight_Map_from_hut   (2Mb)

  Appendix_10_-_Aboriginal_Heritage_Assessment_Report   (42Kb)

  Appendix_10a_-_Aboriginal_Heritage_Investigation_Report   (42Kb)

  Appendix_11_-_Visual_Impact_Assessment   (8Mb)​