Oast House at Maria Island National Park
Maria Island National Park (photograph: Joe Shemesh)

Comment invited Maria Island Management Planning

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​You are encouraged to have your say

The Tasmanian community and interested parties are invited to provide input into the development of the new Draft Maria Island National Park and lle des Phoques Nature Reserve Management Plan and Draft Site Plan for the Darlington Probation Station World Heritage Site.

Visitation to the island has grown substantially in recent years with visitors coming to learn about the rich human history of the island and its marine reserve, along with its pristine beaches and ever-present wildlife. Maria Island is also deeply etched in the Aboriginal history of Tasmania.

“The current plans were created before the World Heritage listing of the Darlington Probation Station in 2010 so it is timely that we ensure that our management of this national park and World Heritage listed site are guided by contemporary plans” said Jason Jacobi, Deputy Secretary of the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Five Discussion Papers on the island’s values and management challenges have been released, each with a number of questions for the public to consider when providing their input into the development of the draft management plan and site plan. A Background Information paper has also been released which summarises the reasons for reviewing the plans, the project stages and how people can have input into the development of the draft plans. 

Three public meetings to be held in the week commencing Monday 17 May 2021. These will be conducted in Launceston, Triabunna and Hobart and will be facilitated by Inspiring Place Pty Ltd. ​

Public meetings will be held at the following locations:​​

Launceston: ​​5.30pm – 7.00pm, Monday 17 May 2021

The Tramshed Function Centre, 4 Invermay Road, Invermay.

Triabunna: 5.30pm – 7.00pm, Tuesday 18 May 2021

Triabunna Community Hall, 3 Vicary Street.

​Hobart: ​5.30pm – 7.00pm, Wednesday 19 May 2021

RACV Apartment Hotel, 154-156 Collins Street.

​The public comment period will close at 9.00am, Monday 7 June 2021.

The public will have the opportunity for further input and comment on the proposed future management of the area upon the release of the draft plans later in this year.

People can track the project and access the discussion papers from the project’s ‘Have Your Say​’ page on the  Parks and Wildlife Service ​​website.​