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Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Sustainable Recreational Vehicle Access


The full version of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Sustainable Recreational Vehicle Access is available for download as a PDF [1400 KB].

The Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area is a 100 135 hectare reserve in north-west Tasmania. The reserve contains spectacular coastal landscapes, an extraordinary richness of Aboriginal cultural heritage, and highly significant and diverse ecosystems. It is managed to protect these values and enable a range of recreational activities.

The Arthur-Pieman area has been described by the Australian Heritage Commission as ‘one of the world’s greatest archaeological regions’ for its rich Aboriginal heritage. It forms the western coastal section of the Tarkine and contains thousands of Aboriginal sites. Many of these sites are being extensively damaged through off-road vehicle use. These sites are of invaluable significance for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. The reserve also has historic cultural heritage significance associated with cattle grazing and mining.

Off-road vehicle use is a popular activity in the reserve and is also one of the most significant threats to the reserve’s cultural and natural values. Impacts on significant cultural, geoconservation, flora and fauna values are extensive throughout the area. There are concerns about the extent of the track network as well as the scale of land degradation at some sites. The coastal parts of the reserve are most heavily impacted by off-road vehicle use. It is a fragile area and requires active management and protection.

The reserve needs to be managed to protect its important values, while also continuing to provide for a range of recreational activities. The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is seeking the cooperation of Arthur-Pieman users and the community to help ensure that the reserve is used sustainably and its values protected so that it can remain accessible for visitors in the future.

This draft report provides a brief account of the natural and cultural values of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area, outlines the management issues associated with current recreational vehicle use and then summarises proposals for each of the identified 94 vehicle tracks in the reserve.