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A new off-road permit system for the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area will be introduced on the 1st of December this year.


Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage David O’Byrne said that the introduction of a permit fee and an online permit application system were the next step in the Government’s $2.1 million commitment to the Arthur Pieman Sustainable Access Project.


“The project has already delivered upgrades to access roads, shack nodes, bridges and increased frontline staff numbers in the area,” Mr O’Byrne said.


“The introduction of fees for permits is widely supported by users and will help to protect the cultural and natural values of the area, while ensuring that recreational activities can still continue in a sustainable manner.”


The announcement of the new system coincides with the development of educational materials that reinforce the need for off-road users to have a valid permit, licence and registration for their vehicles.


“We have been working with the Motor Accident Insurance Board to promote the key messages about staying safe and on track to the many people who enjoy this reserve,” Mr O’Byrne said.


“There have been a number of accidents and incidents on the four-wheel drive tracks over the years and we see this as an important measure in contributing to the safe use of the area and encouraging responsible four-wheel driving."


Mr O’Byrne said the 12 month $80 permit would be required by people using the four-wheel drive tracks in the reserve along with a valid driver’s licence and vehicle registration.  A one-month permit will be available for $30.


Revenue from the permits will go back into track maintenance, education, enforcement and staffing within the reserve.


“It is important to note that we are still talking to off-road users and other stakeholders about what the final permit system may look like and which tracks will be accessible. No decision on the tracks has yet been made.


“We are committed to identifying ways that enable recreational activities to continue in a sustainable way in line with the protection of natural and cultural values.”


Staff from the Parks and Wildlife Service will be providing information about the permit system as well as other information about the reserve on site at the Burnie Show this weekend.