Misty image overlooking Gordon River and the surrounding hinterland
Gordon River (photograph: Cam Blake)

Lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Plan
(Review and update)

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Developing a new Recreation Zone Plan for the lower Gordon River

The Parks and Wildlife Service is working to develop a new Recreation Zone Plan for the lower Gordon River as required by the 2016 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.

The review and update of the Recreation Zone Plan will take up to two years to complete. This timeframe is linked to the development of the Tourism Master Plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to ensure the two plans are aligned.

The Recreation Zone Plan is a non-statutory subsidiary plan to the 2016 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.

The Recreation Zone Plan has two parts, the first being the Background Report that outlines the planning context; the character and values of the area; recreation and use; existing visitor facilities and sites; the current management of the area together with a summary of the issues. The second part will be an action focussed plan for the future management of the lower Gordon River Recreation Zone.

The call for comment and input into the development of this draft Recreation Zone Plan has now closed.

The next stage in the process is the development of the Draft Recreation Zone Plan which will be released for public comment later in 2020.


Project stages






Stage 1 - Setting the background
- Development of a background report


Stage 2 - Release of the Background Report
- Release of the Background report for public comment


Stage 3 - Engagement
- Input sought about the management issues and options for the lower Gordon River Recreation Zone
- Online feedback survey (see Have your say section below for details)
- Public listening post sessions (COVID-19 dependent)
Consultation with key stakeholders 

Stage 4 - Preparation on the Draft Recreation Zone Plan
- Preparation of the draft Decreation Zone Plan based on consultation and feedback received

Stage 5 - Release of the Draft Recreation Zone Plan
- Formal release of the Draft Recreation Zone Plan for public comment



Stage 6 - Engagement
- Invitation for public comment on the Draft Recreation Zone Plan
- Comment via written submission and online feedback survey

Stage 7 - Review and finalise the Recreation Zone Plan
- Submissions are reviewed; a public comment report prepared and changes to the draft recreation zone plan will be made where appropriate

Stage 8 - Formal approval
- Formal approval of the final Recreation Zone Plan

Stage 9 - Release
- The final Recreation Zone Plan and public comment report published

Key dates

Release of the Background Report for comment

  • Released

Listening Post Session

  • Cancelled due to COVID-19 

Close of comment period on Background Report

  • Monday 22 June 2020

Release of Draft Recreation Zone Plan for comment

  • ​​To be announced

Close of Draft Recreation Zone Plan comment period

  • ​To be announced

Have your say 

Any questions about the project can be directed to the Project Manager at gordonriverplan@parks.tas.gov.au 

Alternatively questions can be post to:

​Lower Gordon River Recreation Zone Plan
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001

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.

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