Aerial View of Darlington and Surrounds
Aerial View of Darlington and Surrounds

Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan and the Darlington Probation Station Site Plan
(Review and update)

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​The Parks and Wildlife Service, together with Tasmanian cons​ultancy Inspiring Place, is workin​g to develop a new Maria Island National Park and Ile Des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan (the management plan) ​and Maria Island National Park Darlington Site Plan (the site plan).

Changes to legislation related to the protection and management of Tasmania's national parks, reserves and Aboriginal cultural heritage; and the 2007 listing of the Darlington Probation Station as one of the Australian Convict Sites on the World Heritage List are amongst the reasons for the revision of these important plans.

Other reasons for the review include the introduction of the Tasmanian Devil onto Maria Island, growth in visitation and increased commercial activity and interest in the area.

The review and update of these plans will take place concurrently and will tak​e up to two years to complete and include e​xtensive consultation.​

Project sta​ges



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​​​ Sta​ge 1 - Back​ground research and preparation of discussion papers​

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​ ​Stage 2​ ​​​- Consultation to inform the draft plans
   - Release of discussion papers
   ​ - Call for input into the development of the draft plans
   - Three public meetings - Triabunna, Launceston and Hobart
   ​​- Online feedback form
   - Consultation with key stakeholders
   ​​ ​- Analysis of feedback
 
Stage 3 - Preparation of pre-draft consultation summary reports for the management plan and site plan
 
Stage 4 - Preparation on the Draft Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan and Draft Darlington Probation Station Convict World Heritage Site Plan
 
Stage 5 - Release of the Draft Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan and Draft Darlington Probation Station Convict World Heritage Site Plan for public comment

 

Stage 6 - Consultation of the draft plans
   - Call for representations on the draft plans
   - Comment via written submission and online feedback survey
   - Three public meetings - Triabunna, Launceston and Hobart
   - Analysis of feedback​​
 
Stage 7a - Preparation of the Director's Report for the Draft Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan ​(the Director's Report)
   - Analysis of submissions
   - Preparation of proposed amendments to the draft management plan​
 
Stage 7b - Preparation of the final Darlington Probation Station Convict World Heritage Site​ Plan
   - Analysis of submissions
   - Preparation of the final site plan for approval
 
Stage 8 - Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) review the Director's Report


Stage 9 - Preparation of the final Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan ​
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Stage 10a - Approval of the final Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan 
   - Minister's approval
   - Governor of Tasmania approval​
   - Australian Government approval
​​ Stage 10b - Approval of the final Darlington Probation Station Convict World Heritage Site Plan
   - Minister's Approval
   - ​Australian Government approval​​

Key dates

​​​Release of discussion papers - Early 2021

Call for input into the development of the draft plans - Early 2021

  • Public meetings - Triabunna, Launceston and Hobart
  • Online
  • Key stakeholder consultation

Release of draft plans for public comment - Mid 2021

  • Draft Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan 
  • Draft Darlington Probation Station World Heritage Site Plan

Call for representations - Release of draft plans for public comment - Mid 2021

  • Public meetings - Triabunna, Launceston and Hobart 
  • Online feedback

Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) review - Mid 2021

  • TPC review of the Director's Report on the Draft Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan

Release of the approved site plan - Mid 2022​

  • Release of the Darlington Probation Station World Heritage Site Plan

​Release of the approved management plan - Mid 2022​

  • ​Release of the approved Maria Island National Park and Ile des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan​​​​

​​​​Have your say​

​​A​ny questions about the project can be directed to the Project Manager at mariaislandplan@parks.tas.gov.au 

Alternatively questions can be posted to:

​Maria Island Plans
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751 
Hobart TAS 7001

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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. 

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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.

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