The Tasmanian Government made a commitment in the Strategic Management Statement attached to the TWWHA Management Plan 2016, to reserve, under the Nature Conservation Act 2002, areas of land currently classed as Future Potential Production Forest Land (FPPFL) that is Crown land, and Permanent Timber Production Zone Land (PTPZL) within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).
What is the process for reserving FPPFL and PTPZL in the TWWHA?
The Government intends to reserve the land in the TWWHA in two stages.
Stage One involves:
- determining appropriate reservation classes (incorporating feedback from public consultation)
- tabling a draft proclamation (which outlines the class of reserve of each parcel of FPPFL) in both Houses of Parliament for consideration and approval
- proclaiming the land as a reserve (if approved by both Houses of Parliament)
Stage Two involves:
- progressing the reservation of of PTPZL once the area containing plantation forestry has been appropriately regenerated to native forest
The regeneration is likely to occur over the next 12 to 24 months.
What will the reservation mean?
Do the reserves make the TWWHA bigger?
No. The areas proposed to be reserved are all within the existing TWWHA boundary and the size of the TWWHA will not change.
Will this proposal change how the land can be used?
The use, management, and regulation of areas within the TWWHA Management Plan
is partly determined by the reserve class and partly determined by the Management Zones.
Management Zones are provided in the Plan to guide the managing authority in the exercise of powers under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002.
The FPPFL, to be reserved under the Nature Conservation Act 2002
, will be zoned as recreation or self-reliant recreation. These zones have already been determined and outlined in the TWWHA Management Plan
Recreation or self-reliant recreation zoning allows visitor access for recreational activities. In addition, recreation zones allow for site appropriate management infrastructure and high-quality commercial infrastructure that can be utilised by the general public.
The current assessment is that there is no foreseeable impact to current users of the land as a result of the reservation of FPPFL.
The TWWHA Management Plan
came into effect 2016 and included very clear policy statements that applied at that point in time and going forward. As outlined in the Plan, the Tasmanian Government has a policy position of not allowing commercial logging, including harvesting of special species timbers, and mining within the TWWHA. This commitment is given effect through the Management Plan, the Strategic Management Statement and other statutory measures.
How did the Tasmanian Government decide on the reserve classes?
As provided for by the Nature Conservation Act 2002, land may be declared to be reserved land in the class of regional reserve or conservation area if it adjoins a regional reserve or conservation area, or if the land possess the relevant values as specified in Schedule1 of the Nature Conservation Act 2002.
All but two of the FPPFL parcels of land adjoin either existing Conservation Areas or Regional Reserves. It is proposed that these parcels of land are incorporated as extensions to the existing adjoining reserves.
The remaining two parcels of land have been assessed according to their values and are proposed to be reserved in the appropriate reserve class.
What will the impact be for bee keepers?
There are three current apiary licences on FPPFL in the TWWHA. The licenses will remain valid.
Bee keeping is allowed on parcels of land in the TWWHA zoned as recreational. In addition, all roads within the TWWHA are zoned recreational and this zone extends 50 metres either side of the centre line. The Government has committed to continue to work with bee keepers to improve current access, where appropriate.
What type of Management Zones are proposed for the areas to be reserved under the Nature Conservation Act 2002?
There are four overall Management Zones used in the TWWHA:
- visitor Services
- self-reliant recreation
Recreation and Self-Reliant Recreation Zones are proposed for the areas of land to be reserved under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.
Where can I find information on the Management Zones?
Pages 58-93 of the TWWHA Management Plan
provides information on defining the Management Zones and how they apply including allowable activities within those zones.
How can I see where these parcels of land are located?
Maps are available
on the consultation page for the reservation of future potential production forest land.
Refer to the legend within the map to identify the class of reserve proposed to be applied and the Management Zones.
How can I have my say on the proposed reserve class?
Where can I find more information on the objectives for the management of the land under certain reserve classes?
It is important to note that the TWWHA Management Plan
prescribes which of these objectives are relevant for the management of the TWWHA. These details can be found on page 30 of the Plan.