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01/04/2010

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking public feedback on recommendations aimed at improving the sustainability of recreational vehicle access in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area on Tasmania’s West Coast.


Parks and Wildlife Service Northwest Region acting manager Stuart Lennox said the report Sustainable recreational vehicle access includes recommendations on the future use of more than 90 tracks in the conservation area, which is an increasingly popular destination for visitors and off-road drivers.


“Balancing recreational vehicle use and conservation of the values that people come here to enjoy as well as other natural and cultural heritage values is a major challenge for this reserve ,” Mr Lennox said.


“The Arthur-Pieman has been described as one of the world’s greatest archaeological regions for its rich Aboriginal heritage and the Parks Service has a responsibility to conserve those values as well in managing an area that also has significant recreational values too.


“We’ve been working closely with two community groups, the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Management Committee and the Off-Road Vehicle Consultative Group to address these issues and this report is a big step forward in putting recreational vehicle use on a more sustainable footing.


“The track recommendations represent a ‘common ground’ approach that will lead to increased protection of the reserve’s significant Aboriginal heritage and natural values while also continuing to provide safe and enjoyable recreational experiences.


“For example, where possible, coastal beach access will be retained to maintain access to shacks and other key locations. Access to the main track from Temma to Sandy Cape with some side trips will also be maintained.


“The plan proposes vehicle access will be prohibited through sites that have particularly significant Aboriginal values and other tracks will have seasonal closures to limit vehicle impacts.”


Mr Lennox said the track recommendations will be finalised following input from the community and these will implemented along with an improved off-road permit system.


The report is available on the PWS website here and representations can be made online. The public comment period closes on 7 May.