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Track Strategy for Northern Nature Recreation Areas


Public input is being sought for the development of a track strategy for the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area and the Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area.

Parks and Wildlife Service Northern Region manager Chris Colley said the strategy aimed to rationalise track systems, ensure tracks were environmentally sustainable, minimise conflict between different types of users and ensure activities are consistent with reserve management zones.

"The strategy will be developed in close consultation with the community to balance the needs of different visitor types," Mr Colley said.

"Interest groups and individuals will be contacted during the first consultation stage over the next month for their input into the development of the strategy.

"Existing users will be surveyed to gain a better understanding of their use of the trail networks and their preferences, and to identify potential areas of conflict or impact on reserve values."

Mr Colley said previous submissions and feedback from stakeholders on the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area Draft Management Plan 2008 would also be reviewed as part of the stage one consultation.

He said the strategy might include improvements to existing tracks, sensitive design of new tracks, defining which recreation groups may use a track, and closure and rehabilitation of inappropriate tracks.

A range of management options would be considered including a track-based sign system, codes of use for different recreation groups, education campaigns and community participation in track management and monitoring.

PWS is working closely with Sport and Recreation Tasmania to develop the strategy.
Mr Colley said the recently approved Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area Management Plan 2008 required the preparation of a track strategy for the reserve.

"Similar issues have also arisen on track management in the Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area, particularly about increased use by mountain bike riders," he said.

"The community is reminded that unauthorised track building is not supported in the reserves and that new tracks will only be developed where approved through the track strategy and an associated track works program."

Members of the public are invited to contribute to the preparation of the strategy. Further information can be found, and an on-line track user survey completed on line. For the Trevallyn survey click here
For the Kate Reed survey, click here