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Consultation on World Heritage Management Plan


Consultation has begun on the formation of a contemporary management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said today that a series of public forums will be held throughout the state from late November through to early December this year.

“I urge anyone with an interest in the World Heritage Area to come along and have their say,” Mr Wightman said.

“The forums will give the community an opportunity to raise any issues and to find out more about the process.”

Mr Wightman said the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) represents 1.4 million hectares or approximately 23 per cent of Tasmania.

“It contains outstanding universal natural and cultural values that must be protected and presented for future generations.

“Some of Tasmania’s tourism icons, including Cradle Mountain, the Overland Track, Macquarie Harbour, the Gordon River, and Mt Field are in this area and they contribute significantly to the state’s economy as well as providing employment in regional areas.

“The goal of this management plan will be to provide continued sustainable visitation, recreation and tourism, while enhancing the World Heritage Area’s natural and cultural heritage in a changing climate.

“We are committed to ensuring that key stakeholders and the community have input into the plan given that it will guide the management of the TWWHA for the next 10 years,” Mr Wightman said.

Further information about the development of the plan and details on the forums is available on the DPIPWE website at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/twwha

Consultation on World Heritage Management Plan

Lake St Clair, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.