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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

Melaleuca – Cox Bight Management Statement 2014


The full version of the Melaleuca – Cox Bight Management Statement 2014 is available for download as a PDF [2 MB].

Summary

The land covered by this non-statutory plan is part of the Southwest National Park in remote south-west Tasmania. The plan area covers a 3823 ha section of the national park between Melaleuca and Cox Bight (see Map 1).
 
The plan area was first reserved in April 1966 as part of the Southwest Conservation Area. Although the surrounding area became Southwest National Park in 1990, the plan area continued to be a section of the Southwest Conservation Area to allow for the Cox Bight–Melaleuca tin field to remain open for mining and exploration. After mining formally ceased the area was included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) in June 2012, thereby fulfilling a World Heritage Committee recommendation from 2008. It became part of the Southwest National Park in December 2012. The addition of the plan area to the Southwest National Park provides consistency and management continuity for the whole of the south-west.

The critically endangered orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster) is the most high profile value and the parrot’s survival is the most pressing conservation issue. The plan area is considered to be the focus of orange-bellied parrot breeding and foraging habitat and is therefore the focus of activities aimed at conservation of the parrot. Other important values include the Aboriginal heritage of the Needwonnee people, prominent geoheritage features such as the peat mounds, and the more recent historic heritage associated with alluvial tin mining.

The plan area also needs to be managed to protect its characteristic remote south-west setting – a key value that is a great attraction for visitors. Bushwalkers pass through the area on the wild South Coast Track. Development within the plan area requires particular care to ensure that significant values are protected while providing for visitors.

The main threats to the plan area are biosecurity risks and potential impacts from uncontrolled bushfire. The former include infestations of Phytophthora cinnamomi and the potential introduction of weeds and pests, such as amphibian chytrid fungus. A number of strategies are proposed to mitigate these threats including the development and implementation of a biosecurity plan, the provision of washdown stations and education around their use, increased awareness of existing Phytophthora infestations, and avoidance of further ground disturbance.

The unique features of the area, and a relatively low level of human interference, also provide researchers with an opportunity to observe, measure and document responses to sea-level rise and climate change.