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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​

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Landscape view of Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere CM-LSC (photograph: Andrew Englisch)

Windermere Hut Facilities

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Safety alert: COVID-19 Update
Applies from 25/6/2020

​​​​​Most Parks and Wildlife Service facilities have reopened to the public following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Visitors must continue to adhere to physical distancing standards and Public Health regulations​.

Please check the alerts page before planning your visit to ensure that you are aware of any access or restrictions that may still be in place. ​

Last reviewed 6/8/2020 08:08 AM


​​Replacement of Windermere Hut, toilet and group platforms 

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) invites public submissions on the proposed developments at Windermere overnight node, on the Overland Track (OLT). The proposed developments include replacing the public hut, toilet, and group platform, as well as retaining the ranger’s quarters and rehabilitating the former hut and toilet sites. 

The proposal will upgrade existing facilities to meet contemporary building and environmental management standards, and accommodate the daily walkers registered on the OLT each day. The OLT is Australia’s premier alpine walk and attracts approximately 10,000 walkers annually. The basic facilities provided on the track are for environmental purposes and to control walker impacts.  

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 Statement (EIS) 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 documents are accepted by Deputy Secretary as suitable for public consultation.
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​Stage 2 - Public consultation process is advertised in three regional papers. Draft EIS and supporting information is available on the ‘Have your say’ page of PWS website.​


Stage 3 - 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 th​e PWS website​.

Key Dates

Public Consultation period beings

  • Saturday, 1st August 2020

Close of comment period

  • Friday, 28th August 2020

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 Windermere@parks.tas.gov.au   
  • post your submission to: 

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, PO Box 809, Ulverstone TAS 7315

If you have any questions please contact:

  • Andrea Henderson, PWS Planner - Andrea.Henderson@parks.tas.gov.au ​

All written submissions on the EIA must be received by COB Friday, 28th August 2020. ​

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

Draft Environmental Impact Statement 

1 Windermere Site Concept Plan 2019

2a Hut Plans and ​Renders

2b Hut Renders

3 Toilet Plans

4 Grey Water System Design

5 Preliminary Bushfire Hazard Management

6 Group Platform Plan

7 Demolition Plan

8 Additional Assessment Criteria Report

9 Natural Values Survey

10a Aboriginal Heritage Assessment Report 

10b Aboriginal Heritage Investigation Report - Works Consent

11 Visual Impact Assessment Report