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Groom flouts UNESCO request to protect wilderness character in World Heritage

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Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom has removed a long-standing protection against built accommodation on the South Coast Track in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, allowing up to seven huts to be constructed in this wild and remote area. This breaches a UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision and the recommendation of an expert mission to protect wilderness, a recommendation the government unconditionally accepted[i].
 
 
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Public call on Gutwein to release Planning Commission report

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A public meeting in Launceston last night called on Planning Minister Peter Gutwein to immediately release the report of the Tasmanian Planning Commission into the draft State Planning Provisions, when he receives it later this week (Friday, 9 December 2016).
 
 
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Analysis of logging plan shows important values need protection

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A new report released today by The Wilderness Society has analysed Forestry Tasmania’s three-year wood production plan and overlaid important environmental values, like the habitat of swift parrots, masked owls and the giant freshwater lobster. A range of coupes contain one or more of these values and the report makes recommendations for improvements to current regulation to ensure these conservation values are protected.  
 
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Horizontal Falls marine life, now protected

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Today, The Wilderness Society welcomes the creation of the new Lalang-garram Horizontal Falls Marine Park, representing a rejection of mining and the beginning of a future centred on tourism and conservation for one of the world’s great natural wonders.
 
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Senate Fire Inquiry - retain values’ prioritisation in World Heritage Area management plan

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Media Release – 2 November 2016
Senate Fire Inquiry - retain values’ prioritisation in World Heritage Area management plan
The Wilderness Society today appeared before the Senate Inquiry into Tasmania’s wilderness bushfires and urged the committee to recommend that the management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area prioritises protection of irreplaceable natural and cultural heritage values over built infrastructure.
 
 

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