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Melaleuca Site and Rehabilitation Plan 2014

The full version of the Melaleuca Site and Rehabilitation Plan 2014 is available for download as a PDF [2 MB].

Summary

Melaleuca is a unique location that is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), a place that is listed for its natural and cultural values. Part of the Southwest National Park, Melaleuca is one of Tasmania’s most remote areas managed for visitors. Until 2012 it contained a small-scale mining operation. It is the centre of the breeding area for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot and also an important tourism node. It is an area with great natural and cultural values that attract many people. As with all visitor sites, there are some issues that require careful and considered management to ensure the longevity of the values and continued enjoyment by visitors.

This non-statutory plan provides management direction for Melaleuca that has been established through careful consideration of:

  • The protection of natural, cultural, aesthetic and social values of the area, especially world heritage  values that contribute to the Outstanding Universal Value of the TWWHA;
  • The need to rehabilitate a former mine area;
  • The role of Melaleuca in enabling visitor access to the remote south-west and the presentation of the TWWHA;
  • The needs of visitors, residential leaseholders, commercial operators, researchers and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS); and 
  • Relevant policies and statutory requirements.

 
The main strategies in this plan are to: 

  • Identify and protect world heritage values that contribute to the Outstanding Universal Value of the TWWHA, including Aboriginal heritage values;
  • Establish planning zones to guide future use and development of the area;
  • Enhance the presentation of Melaleuca and the TWWHA to visitors through improved facilities and interpretation;
  • Undertake high priority rehabilitation activities at the former Rallinga mine site, particularly the removal of hazardous materials and contaminated soils; 
  • Encourage and support continued active involvement of volunteers in the management of Melaleuca; 
  • Manage habitat to assist in the recovery of the orange-bellied parrot consistent with the Orange-bellied   Parrot Recovery Plan; and 
  • Establish and maintain biosecurity measures to protect important values.