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Suggestions from the North West community will improve the way the Parks and Wildlife Service manages the popular Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said feedback about sustainable recreational vehicle use and response to a social values study highlighted a strong community connection with the Arthur-Pieman.

“I thank those who have been involved in providing this important feedback to the Service on recreational vehicle access and the future management of the reserve,” Mr Wightman said.

“I also congratulate the Service for its efforts to listen to the community, acknowledge their connection to this area and involve them in decision-making.”

 The Analysis of Public Responses Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Sustainable Vehicle Access the Social Values Study are now on the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au 

Mr Wightman said the  Analysis of Public Responses indicated a high level of community interest in recreational vehicle access to the Arthur-Pieman, with a total of 2,354 submissions received.

“While there are clearly some conflicting points of view about particular tracks, the report highlights that there is general agreement with the draft report’s recommendations for 67 of the 94 tracks assessed,” he said.

“The Social Values Study found that the Arthur-Pieman has deep meanings for the Circular Head community and it plays an important role in their identity, which they expressed with passion and conviction.”

The reports will be used by the Parks and Wildlife Service, along with other information on the natural values and Aboriginal heritage of the reserve, to help determine future recreational vehicle use of the Arthur-Pieman tracks.

A final tracks report and management recommendations will be prepared later this year and presented to the Arthur-Pieman Management Committee for endorsement.

“I know that Parks is committed to getting a result for this reserve that most of the community accept and understand. It’s an important area for the local community and it’s a significant reserve for Tasmania,” Mr Wightman said.

Since the $2.1 million Arthur-Pieman Sustainable Access Project was announced in December 2009, an online permit system and fee for use of the tracks has been implemented. Other initiatives include improvements to shack access roads and recreational vehicle tracks, new signs and brochures and improved website information.

The Parks and Wildlife Service has also undertaken a safety campaign in conjunction with the Motor Accidents Insurance Board. More than 300 vehicle checks were undertaken during 65 days of education and compliance awareness activities.