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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

Improved Park Pass System for our National Parks

06/08/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service will implement a new park pass system for our national parks in May next year.More

Summary of Pumphouse Point Development Plan - Environmental Management Plan and Site Plan 2008

The full version of the Summary of Pumphouse Point Development Plan - Environmental Management Plan and Site Plan June 2008 can be downloaded as a PDF File (1500 Kb).

Summary

This site plan (the Pumphouse Point Site Plan) documents material relevant to gaining an approval for a tourism development on the shores of Lake St Clair in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA).

The development will provide accommodation, interpretation and visitor experiences. It will be undertaken by Simon Currant & Associates, a well established Tasmanian tourism company. The Pumphouse Point development is a step in its ongoing commitment to Tasmanian tourism.

Pumphouse Point will be a quality development with an emphasis on giving visitors unique experiences in a locality with outstanding natural and cultural values. These experiences will emphasise an understanding and appreciation of the physical and biological features of the WHA and the pre European culture and lifestyle of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community. The plan has been designed to respond to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1999 (WHAMP) objectives and values.

The refurbishment of the 1940’s former Hydro Electric Commission’s (HEC’s) substation and pumphouse will be exemplars of contemporary, adaptive re-use. The retention of the former industrial buildings will provide a tangible link, for current and future generations, to the role the HEC had in the development of the central highlands and Tasmania in general throughout the 20th century.

The plan consists of a Development Plan, an Environmental Management Plan, and a site plan setting out site development and management proposals covering both the construction and establishment phases. The emphasis has been on minimising impacts and rehabilitating a degraded area. It forms the basis of submissions to the Tasmanian and Federal Government, and the Central Highlands Council for project approval. The document will also be referred to the World Heritage Area Consultative Committee (WHACC) for advice.