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Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage

4 June 2015

Nick McKim MP on tomorrow to move -

That this House:

1.Notes the draft decision of the World Heritage Committee handed down in Paris last week relating to the government's draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which demonstrated a complete lack of trust in the government's capacity to protect the Outstanding Universal Values of the area.

2.   Notes that the draft decision included the following:

• …urges the State Party to review the proposed new management plan for the property to ensure that it provides adequate protection for its OUV, including…recognition of wilderness character of the property as one of its key values and as being fundamental for its management,

• …further urges the State Party to ensure that commercial logging and mining are not permitted within the entire property, and that all areas of public lands within the property’s boundaries… have a status that ensures adequate protection of the OUV of the property,

        3.  Agrees that: 

a) the draft decision of the World Heritage Committee is an international embarrassment for Tasmania;

b) the government is moving too slowly to engage with the Tasmanian Aboriginal people to develop frameworks to assess and protect the significant Aboriginal cultural heritage which exists in the TWWHA; 

c) the wilderness zone should be reinstated and wilderness should be a management priority in the TWWHA management plan;

d) the government should move to upgrade the tenure of lands inside the TWWHA as recommended by the World Heritage Committee;

e) the Minister's draft management plan, which provides for logging and mining in the TWWHA, should be withdrawn and redrafted to rule out logging, mining and inappropriate development inside the TWWHA.