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A report detailing the Aboriginal heritage found along vehicle tracks in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area has been released.

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said the report - An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment of Designated Vehicle Tracks with the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area - will help improve the way Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) manages recreational vehicle access.

“There is no doubt the Arthur-Pieman, particularly along the coast, is rich in Aboriginal heritage,” Mr Wightman said.

“This report adds significantly to our understanding of the reserves’ Aboriginal values, and how to manage the area,” he said.

The report was commissioned by the PWS, as part of the Arthur-Pieman Recreational Vehicle Sustainable Access Project.

It documents Aboriginal heritage sites, assesses their significance, and helps develop management strategies to minimise the impact of vehicles on Aboriginal heritage values.

PWS will use the report, and other information about the natural and social values of the reserve, to provide recommendations about future recreational vehicle use of the Arthur-Pieman tracks.

A final tracks report, and management recommendations, will be prepared later this year. It will be presented to the Arthur-Pieman Management Committee for consideration, and then to Minister Wightman.

Since the $2.1 million Arthur-Pieman Sustainable Access Project was announced in December 2009, an online permit system has been implemented, as well as a fee for using the tracks. Shack access roads and recreational vehicle tracks have been improved. New signs, brochures, and better website information have been provided.

The PWS has also conducted a safety campaign in conjunction with the Motor Accidents Insurance Board.

The PWS also increased its education and compliance activities in the reserve - conducting 65 days of patrolling, talking with reserve users, and checking more than 300 vehicles.

The Aboriginal heritage report is available on the PWS website at http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=20602