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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

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.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Sustainable Recreational Vehicle Access Report 2012

The full version of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Sustainable Recreational Vehicle Access Report 2012 is available for download as a PDF [9.9MB].

 

The Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area is a 103 147 hectare reserve in north-west Tasmania. The reserve contains spectacular coastal landscapes, an extraordinary richness of Aboriginal cultural heritage, and highly significant and diverse ecosystems. It is managed to protect these values and enable a range of recreational activities.

The Arthur-Pieman area has been described by the Australian Heritage Commission as ‘one of the world’s greatest archaeological regions’ for its rich Aboriginal heritage. It forms the western coastal section of the Tarkine (the Tarkineer band residing at Sandy Cape; as the source of the name ‘Tarkine’) and contains thousands of Aboriginal sites. Many of these sites are being extensively damaged through off-road vehicle use. These sites are of invaluable significance for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. The reserve also has historic cultural heritage significance associated with cattle grazing and mining. 

Off-road vehicle use is a popular activity in the reserve and is also one of the most significant threats to the reserve’s cultural and natural values. Impacts on significant cultural, geoconservation, flora and fauna values are extensive throughout the area. There are concerns about the extent of the track network as well as the scale of land degradation at some sites. The coastal parts of the reserve are most heavily impacted by off-road vehicle use. It is a fragile area and requires active management and protection. 

The reserve needs to be managed to protect its important values, while also continuing to provide for a range of recreational activities. The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) continues to seek the cooperation of Arthur-Pieman users and the community to help ensure that the reserve is used sustainably and its values protected so that it can remain accessible for visitors in the future. 

This final report provides a brief account of the natural, cultural, and social values of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, outlines the management issues associated with current recreational vehicle use and then describes the track status for each of the identified 94 vehicle tracks in the reserve.