Sandy Cape, north-west Tasmania.
Photo: Louise Blight, Birds Tasmania.
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Over recent years the TCT has called for the State Government to dramatically increase funding for the Parks and Wildlife Service, especially to expand its capacity for on-ground management and enforcement. This is necessary to maintain the Parks and Reserves System in Tasmania as a world-class natural, recreational and economic asset. At an absolute minimum, funding for the Parks and Wildlife Service should be doubled.
The TCT believes a well-planned program of rationalisation of built assets, services and reserves, including thorough public consultaion, could significantly cut the cost of managing the reserve system and focus resource allocation in priority areas.
The TCT recommends the establishment of the Parks and Wildlife Service as an independent statutory authority with a mandate to maintain the Parks and Reserves System in Tasmania as a world-class natural, recreational and economic asset.
|Parks and Wildlife Service staff implementing an ecological burn in button grass.
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The TCT played a major role in initiating the State Government’s Crown Land Assessment and Classification Project (CLAC) that ran from 2004 to 2006, as well as making detailed submissions. This process assessed more than 100,000 hectares of largely unallocated Crown land and recommended that 78,000 hectares throughout the state be reserved and managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service. Since 2006 the TCT has been lobbying the State Government to implement the CLAC recommendations to reserve these 78,000 hectares of land and to provide additional resources to the Parks and Wildlife Service for management.
Details of these proposals and policies can be found in recent editions of theTasmanian Conservationist Newsletter (numbers 315, 316, 318) and 'TCT submissions on the State Budget' for the last two years.
We ask you to write to the Tasmanian Government Minister responsible for the Parks and Wildlife Service and to the ‘Letters’ sections of newspapers to support our proposals. Also point out examples of where our reserves require better management and protection. Further information: What You Can Do.
The TCT is represented on the following regional and state committees to provide advice to the Parks and Wildlife Service regarding management of reserved land:
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Mt Geryon by Jon Bryan