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New four-wheel drive permit system for the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

23/11/2010

Visitors to the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area are reminded that the new four-wheel drive track permit system comes into effect on the 1st of December this year.


Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said that the introduction of a permit fee and an online permit application system were the next step in the Arthur-Pieman Sustainable Access Project.


“The $2.1 million project has already delivered upgrades to access roads, shack nodes, bridges and increased frontline staff numbers in the area,” Mr Mooney said.


“The introduction of fees for permits is widely supported by users and will help to protect the cultural and natural values of the area, while ensuring that recreational activities can still continue in a sustainable manner.”


The new system coincides with the development of educational materials that reinforce the need for four-wheel drive track users to have a valid permit, licence and registration for their vehicles.


“We have been working with the Motor Accident Insurance Board to promote the key messages about staying safe and on track to the many people who enjoy this reserve,” Mr Mooney said.


“There have been a number of accidents and incidents on the four-wheel drive tracks over the years and we see this as an important measure in contributing to the safe use of the area and encouraging responsible four-wheel driving."


Mr Mooney said the 12 month $80 permit would be required by people using the four-wheel drive tracks in the reserve along with a valid driver’s licence and vehicle registration. The permit can be issued for up to two vehicles registered at the same address. A one-month permit will be available for $30.


“Revenue from the permits will go back into track maintenance, land management, education, enforcement and staffing within the reserve,” he said.


“Visitors to the reserve will see staff in the reserve undertaking monitoring and enforcement activities throughout the summer. In addition, the Arthur River office will be open seven days a week, (excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day) during summer. “


The four-wheel drive track permits can be purchased online at the Parks shop at www.parks.tas.gov.au from the 1st December or from the PWS Arthur River office. Further information is available from the Arthur-River office on 6457 1225.

New four-wheel drive permit system for the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area

An online permit system and a fee for use of the four-wheel drive tracks in the Arthur-Pieman will help to protect the natural and cultural values of the area.