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Planning for the Melaleuca area


Feedback from the community is welcome on two plans that identify strategies to manage the important natural, cultural and recreational values in the Melaleuca and Cox Bight area in south-west Tasmania.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) acting Southern Region manager Shane Breen said the Melaleuca – Cox Bight Draft Management Statement 2013 and the Melaleuca Draft Site and Rehabilitation Plan 2013 have been release for public comment.

“Melaleuca is a gateway for visitors to explore the more remote parts of Tasmania’s south-west and a popular destination in its own right. Visitors are attracted to its beauty, isolation and history,” Mr Breen said.

“Since 2012 the Melaleuca and Cox Bight area has been part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The exceptional natural beauty of the south-west coastline, the globally rare peat mounds, the vast buttongrass plains and the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot are just a few examples of the area’s world heritage values.

“The area is also of great significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, particularly as it relates to the creation story that is set at Cox Bight and featured as part of the award-winning Needwonnee Walk. There are also links to the significant mining history of the area, including the renowned Deny King.

The plans provide direction and guidance for the management of the area between Melaleuca and Cox Bight, with particular focus on the Melaleuca visitor area.

Strategies have been identified in the plans for the next five to ten years that aim to manage both the important values and the visitor experience.

Key strategies highlighted in the plans are the establishment of planning zones to guide the management of the area; enhancement of the presentation of the area through improved facilities and interpretation; management of habitat features required by significant species; and improved biosecurity measures. Rehabilitation work being undertaken at a former mine area is also detailed.

Both draft plans are available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au

Comments on the plan can be directed to representations@parks.tas.gov.au or in writing to the general manager, Parks and Wildlife Service, GPO Box 1751, Hobart, Tas, 7001.

Comment must be received by close of business, 6 December 2013.

Planning for the Melaleuca area

The beach at Cox Bight.

Planning for the Melaleuca area

Mining equipment at Melaleuca.

Planning for the Melaleuca area

View looking south from Melaleuca.

Planning for the Melaleuca area

Melaleuca Lagoon.