Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice.
The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.
The level of aircraft activity in the Tasman National Park vicinity has increased in recent years – in particular the area above or adjacent to the most southern sections of the national park (i.e. from Bivouac Bay/Hippolyte Rocks, west to White Beach). The coastline is a popular destination for commercial scenic flights due to its proximity to Hobart, to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, the rugged sea cliffs of Tasman Island and the Tasman National Park (including the Three Capes Track).
Aircraft have the potential to cause disturbance to vulnerable natural values (including eagles, seabirds and seals), the experience of visitors in the national park, visitors in adjacent areas, and to nearby residents.
Whilst the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) does not have management authority over the airspace above the Tasman National Park, the PWS is facilitating the Fly Neighbourly Advice process, for the benefit of park visitors, values management, and local residents. The Fly Neighbourly Advice will apply to all aircraft – helicopters and fixed wing (excluding drones) undertaking scenic flights in the area.
Fly Neighbourly Advice are voluntary agreements between aircraft operators, authorities, and the community to minimise the disturbance caused by aircraft in a specific area.
Following public consultation, the PWS will provide the draft Fly Neighbourly Advice to Regional Airspace and Procedures Advisory Committee (RAPAC) for consideration. If endorsed, the Fly Neighbourly Advice will be published in aeronautical charts as a resource for pilots. Additional Information (and expanded version of the FNA) will also be available in the PWS website.
Your input is welcome and may be provided in writing, addressed to
Director of National Parks and Wildlife
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The consultation period closes on 21 September 2019.
For enquiries about the draft advice, please phone 1300 TASPARKS or 1300 827 727.
UPDATE: This document has been finalised and can be found on the Management Plans web page. Search under Tasman National Park.