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Eco-tourism projects proceed to the next stage of the EOI process


The Hodgman Liberal Government has announced that four additional projects will proceed to the next stage of the Expression Of Interest process.

These projects are:

  • Narawntapu Adventure Precinct which is a horse riding and adventure hub to be established in the Narawntapu National Park;

  • A luxury standing camp at Halls Island, Lake Malbena which will facilitate activities including guided kayaking, bushwalking and fly fishing in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park;

  • Rotor Lift Aviation’s proposal for Freycinet Peninsula and Tasman Island helicopter access in the Freycinet National Park and the Tasman National Park; and

  • An extension to Freycinet Lodge to provide additional cabins and powered motor home sites with private ensuite facilities in the Freycinet National Park.

In order for these projects to proceed they will require minor amendments to the management plans for the relevant national park within which they fall. These amendments will be undertaken in accordance with the statutory process which will include formal public consultation.

The first management plan amendment process to be initiated is for the Narawntapu National Park. The change to the Narawntapu National Park management plan updates the previous management plan which was produced in 2000.

A minor alteration to the Narawntapu National Park management plan is proposed, to maintain use of the full length of Bakers Beach by horse riders, once the new link trail is in place. For many years horse riding has been taking place on Bakers Beach under authority, with strict conditions to avoid impacts on shorebirds. Expanded horse riding in the park, by both commercial and private parties, would continue to be managed under conditions to protect environmental values.

Public input is now sought on the Narawntapu National Park Draft Management Plan 2015, with comment closing on 16 December, 2015. The draft plan can be viewed on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au and copies obtained from Service Tasmania shops in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.

Details of proposed amendments to the Tasman and Freycinet National Park management plans will be advertised in the coming months as drafting for the amendment of those plans is finalised.

Details of all projects progressing through the EOI process are available on the Coordinator General’s website at www.cg.tas.gov.au