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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Summary of Lake Johnston Nature Reserve - Site Development Plan 2001

The full version of the Lake Johnston Nature Reserve - Site Development Plan 2001 can be downloaded as a PDF File (5200 Kb)

Summary

The Lake Johnston Nature Reserve, just south of Rosebery in western Tasmania, is reserved because it contains rainforest communities of conservation significance, notably subalpine patches of Huon pine, believed to derive from trees present on the site for over 10 000 years. Because of its conservation significance, access is restricted to scientific or management personnel, licenced tour groups and approved special interest groups.

In accordance with the Lake Johnston Nature Reserve Management Plan 1999, a Site Development Plan has been prepared for construction of a boardwalk and viewing platform in the Controlled Visitor Access Zone of the reserve to enable controlled, limited licenced tour visits for the purpose of viewing and learning about the reserve's special values. The existing four wheel drive access track will be stabilised and a turnaround and parking area provided at an already disturbed site. The proposed facilities are to be precisely located to avoid disturbance to Huon pines and other significant reserve features. The Plan identifies options for siting of the boardwalk and provides an assessment of the environmental effects of the proposed development and the intended management response.

The Plan is intended to provide the basis for assessment and approval of the project by the Director of National Parks and Wildlife, in accordance with the requirements of the Management Plan, and by the West Coast Council under the West Coast Planning Scheme. The Plan has been submitted as a development application to the West Coast council.