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Encounter Maria Island

20/10/2017

Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan

19/10/2017

An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

16/10/2017

Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

State of the TWWHA Reporting

NOTE: WORKING DRAFT - UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Online State of the TWWHA Reporting is currently under development. This webpage outlines the indicative structure for reporting and provides links to component reports that have been approved for public release. Current content includes a suite of evaluated case study reports which examine the effectiveness of management for significant and selected projects in the TWWHA. Additional content is being added as approved.

INDICATIVE STRUCTURE plus evaluated case study reports

Last updated: 14 September 2017  

1. ABOUT STATE OF TWWHA REPORTING

  • Purposes and benefits

2. ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT OF THE TWWHA

  • Responses to recommendations of State of TWWHA Report No.1

3. MANAGEMENT CONTEXT AND ARRANGEMENTS

  • Land tenure and boundary changes over the term of management
  • Funding and staff resources for management

4. CONDITION OF THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL VALUES

  • Status and trends - natural values
  • Status and trends - cultural values

Evaluated case study reports (condition of natural and cultural values)

Endangered Pedder galaxias fish

Performance: Great result

This report examines the performance of management in relation to an attempt to establish self-maintaining populations of the endangered Pedder galaxias fish in water bodies outside the species' original natural habitat of Lake Pedder, which was permanently altered following construction of the Gordon Power Scheme and subsequent invasion of the waterbody by trout and another species of galaxiid. The evaluation concludes that the program has been highly successful. Populations of Pedder galaxias are now firmly established in the ex-situ sites of Lake Oberon and the Strathgordon water supply dam. This program has almost certainly saved the Pedder galaxias fish from extinction. Read the full report (file size 2.4MB)

Critically endangered orange-bellied parrot

Performance: Unsatisfactory result

This report examines the effectiveness of management for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area - the sole remaining breeding site for this species in the wild. The evaluation concludes that while significant progress has been made in establishing a captive insurance population and implementing a variety of actions to support the species in the wild, the total wild population of orange-bellied parrots has declined over the management period. The total wild population is now estimated to be fewer than 70 individuals. There are grave concerns for the persistence of this species in the wild. Read the full report (file size 4.1MB)

Monitoring potential impacts of climate change on natural values of the TWWHA

Performance: Satisfactory result

This report examines the progress, achievements and challenges of an initiative to establish a reliable foundation of knowledge and understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on a range of natural values considered to be at risk in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and subsequently monitor and document any observed shifts under climate change. The purpose of the program is to provide reliable measured evidence to inform sound decision-making for climate change adaptation through ongoing policy and strategy development. Although too early in the term of this program to provide a full assessment of performance, it is clear that significant progress has been made in delivering the planned outputs. Priority natural values at risk from climate change have been identified and documented; baseline monitoring has been established in selected ecosystems; and five years of weather data have been successfully collected. This evaluation concludes that this initiative has performed very well to date. Read the full report (file size 5MB)

5. PROTECTION: MANAGEMENT OF THREATS, RISKS AND IMPACTS

  • Key threats to natural values
  • Key threats to cultural values
  • Management of threats, risks and impacts to the TWWHA

Evaluated case study reports (protection) 

Fire management in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Performance: Satisfactory result

The Parks and Wildlife Service is applying allocated resources wisely and without wastage. Nonetheless fire management continues to be a particularly challenging and uncertain area for management. Read full report  (file size 4.4MB)

Evaluated case study 5.2: Wildcare SPRATS volunteer weed eradication project for Tasmania's southwest wilderness coastline

Wildcare SPRATS volunteer weed eradication project for Tasmania's southwest wilderness coastline

Performance: Great result

This collaborative project between the Parks and Wildlife Service and a community volunteer group—Wildcare SPRATS (Sea Spurge Remote Area Teams)—set out to eradicate the invasive weed sea spurge from Tasmania’s remote southwest wilderness coastline. The project has performed outstandingly well in achieving its objectives with all infested sites along 600km of coastline now weeded. Maintaining Tasmania’s wilderness coastline free of sea spurge is considered feasible and likely with only low levels of ongoing surveillance and maintenance. Read full report (file size 3.2MB)

6. PRESENTATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Communication of the natural and cultural heritage
  • Community involvement and support
  • Management of tourism and recreation
  • Management of other human uses

Evaluated case study reports (Presentation and community engagement)  

Needwonnee Aboriginal Walk Melaleuca

Performance: Great result

This collaborative project between the Parks and Wildlife Service and Tasmanian Aboriginal people set out to develop a short loop walk at Melaleuca to present Aboriginal cultural values. The evaluation concludes that the Needwonnee Aboriginal Walk project has performed outstandingly well in all respects. All the project objectives have either been achieved or are on track to achievement. Read full report (file size 6.4MB)

Back-country walking track management in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Performance: Mixed results

The extensive walking track network in the TWWHA provides a diverse range of recreational walking opportunities which are highly valued by Tasmanian bushwalkers, and attract significant numbers of interstate and international visitors. Management performance in relation to the sustainability of walking tracks has been mixed. Good progress has been made in stabilising and improving some badly degraded sections of walking tracks, and excellent results have been achieved for extensively hardened tracks that have an ongoing works and maintenance program, such as the Overland Track and Frenchmans Cap Track. However numerous back-country tracks throughout the TWWHA are in substandard condition, and some tracks and campsites are actively eroding and degrading. Read full report (file size 6.7MB)

7. MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, PROCESSES AND TOOLS

8. ASSESSMENTS AND COMMENTS ON MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE

9. CONCLUSIONS AND PROPOSED ACTIONS