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Activity teacher notes 3.6

3.6 On the edge – managing park boundaries

Levels: P, S, SS
Focus curriculum areas: Society and history
Supporting curriculum area: Mathematics/numeracy
Key concepts: Ethics, regulations, management

students hold up project work

Understanding goals

  • Students look at management issues concerning the boundaries between different forms of land use.
  • Students to identify ethical principles relating to land management issues along park boundaries, including the World Heritage Area.


park boundary - land

Identify the differences in opinion that can arise between suburban neighbours regarding their shared fence. What are some issues that may arise?

What are your responsibilities when you share a boundary with a neighbour?


1. Using an atlas or a map, look at the park boundaries.

  1. Using the scale on the map, work out approximately how many kilometres long and wide the park is.
  2. Which national park has the largest area and the longest boundary?
  3. Which parks have very remote boundaries? What would this mean for work that needs to be done in the park?

2. What types of land use might occur on the boundaries of parks in Tasmania?

3. In pairs, list and discuss some of the problems associated with managing the boundaries of a park. Problems might include:

park boundary - water
  • uncontrolled fire coming from private land
  • logging on adjacent land that affects wildlife and the beauty of the landscape
  • poaching
  • shooting
  • spread of weeds or diseases such as Phytophthora root rot
  • stealing firewood (sometimes called wood hooking)
  • wildlife moving from the park to graze on farmland

Can you think of ways to minimise these problems?

What's so special about Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area?

4. Summarise what World Heritage Area means? (see whc.unesco.org)

5. Why is the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area valued by the community? Do you personally agree or disagree with these values? (see www.parks.tas.gov.au/wha)

6. What might some of the boundary issues be for the WHA? For each problem, list two possible solutions. Discuss these with your partner.

Related activity

Match each park to its location at Activty 2.1 with our online interactive Tasmanian parks map or the Tasmanian parks map [PDF 204 KB].