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The State Government is seeking public opinion on the next step to make it easier for tourists and Tasmanians to access and enjoy our natural assets.

Public input is being sought on alterations to the managment plan for Tasman National Park to remove provisions that restrict helicopter landings on Tasman Island and allow for the consideration of recreational and tourism access on Tasman Island.

The change to the park's plan of management alters the previous management plan which was approved in 2011.

A driver for this change was the proposal resulting from the recent Expression of Interest (EOI) proposal for new tourism experiences in parks and reserves.

The EoI process reflects a significant and growing interest in Tasmania as a tourism destination. It has attracted a wide range of proposals highlighting a high level of interest in Tasmania's tourism potential.

A proposal from Rotor-Lift Aviation for a helicopter landing site on Tasman Island was received.

Proposals for commercial tourism operations on Tasman Island will be assessed through a Reserve Activity Assessment to determine whether they are appropriate, and if so, under what conditions. Important considerations include wildlife disturbance, particularly eagles and seabirds, biosecurity and historic heritage values. To become an approved tourism operation, a lease or licence under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 will also be required.

Public input is now sought on the alterations to the management plan for Tasman National Park, with comment closing on 9 November, 2016.

The draft plan can be viewed on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au and copies obtained from Service Tasmania shops at Hobart and Sorell.