The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is releasing a draft fire management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) for public comment.
This document is important as it will guide ongoing fire management planning for the TWWHA in order to protect its Outstanding Universal Values as well as critical state infrastructure.
The TWWHA covers more than 20 per cent of the Tasmanian land mass, has many areas of fire-sensitive, high value natural and cultural assets. As a large wilderness area, it can be a source for bushfires to originate, which may then go on to threaten communities. This plan plays an important part in reducing all those risks.
The TWWHA fire management plan seeks to minimise the risk of destructive bushfires as well as developing a contemporary planned burning program to both reduce bushfire risk as well as maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.
Many of the natural and cultural values of the TWWHA are irreplaceable if impacted by bushfire. The plan also recognises the role of past Aboriginal burning practices in shaping the cultural landscape of the TWWHA, and the contemporary role of planned fire regimes in maintaining this.
Public safety is also a key consideration for PWS fire management.
One of the objectives of the fire management program for the TWWHA focuses on the suppression of bushfires that pose a threat to public safety and other values located inside the TWWHA or on adjoining lands.
The draft fire management plan for the TWWHA was shaped by community consultation following the release of issues papers last year. Twelve submissions were received and input has been incorporated into the draft management plan.
The 44th World Heritage Committee report, handed down in June 2021, welcomed the Tasmanian Government's commitment to develop a comprehensive fire management plan for the property. This consultation phase is the first key step in delivering on that commitment.
To view the draft TWWHA Fire Management Plan visit the Have your say web page.
The feedback period closes on Friday 22nd of October at 5pm.