The Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) thanks the State Fire Management Council (SFMC) for the opportunity to make comment on the ‘Draft Tasmanian Bushfire and Fuel Management Policy’ (Draft Policy)
The proposal aims to continue to collect tyres at the site and shred these plus those currently stockpiled at the site.
As is made clear throughout this submission, the TCT views the Draft Recovery
Plan as generally inadequate and significantly inferior to the previous plan. We
believe that a key reason for this is that the current draft was prepared by the
Australian Government, with very limited consultation with the responsible state
agencies and no community consultation. In contrast, the previous Plan was
developed by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water
and Environment (DPIPWE) with the assistance of members of the Recovery
GENERAL COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The strongest aspects of the Draft Plan are:
- the actions aimed at promoting best practice techniques: section 4.2;
- a number of actions that aim to improve knowledge about feral cats;
including section 4.4; and
- the recommended changes to the Cat Management Act; section 4.6.
The weakest aspects of Draft Plan are:
- the lack of commitment to actual control or eradication of feral cats:
- an inadequate understanding of the most effective approaches to
community education and behavioural change; sections 4.1 and 4.3;
- that the clarification of the roles and responsibilities of state government
land management authorities and local councils is yet to be done and
may not be included in the final plan: section 4.7.
Submission to the ‘Embracing the Climate Challenge: Tasmania’s draft climate
change action plan 2016-2021'
Submission to the Biosecurity Review 2016
With just a few days before submissions were due on the proposed amendments to the Freycinet National Park Management Plan, the TCT discovered the true implication of the proposal. In our media release on Sunday 29 February 2016, the TCT exposed the true consequences of the proposed amendments, which go well beyond the government’s stated objective of allowing expansion of Freycinet Lodge.