Expanding Mole Creek Karst National Park

Minister for Parks

Expanding Mole Creek Karst National Park

2 June 2022

It was my pleasure today to table in Parliament the statutory rules to expand the Mole Creek Karst National Park.

The media release from Dr Shane Broad MP accusing the Government of locking up more land, demonstrates that Dr. Broad does not understand the history of his own party or understand his portfolio of resources.

All of this land was already in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), ultimately as a result of extensions to the TWWHA that happened as a result of the Labor-Green Tasmanian Forests Agreement and was therefore not available for harvesting.

Dr. Broad has been offered a briefing, and I would encourage him to take up this invitation so that he can understand what was agreed to under the former Labor-Green Government.

This Government is delivering on our commitment to reserve this land within the TWWHA, which will see the beautiful Mole Creek Karst National Park expanded through the reservation of an additional 2,850 hectares of land, which again, is already in the TWWHA.

As well, the 22,550 hectares of land in the TWWHA referenced by Dr Broad, will now be formally reserved as either conservation area, or regional reserve in accordance with the assessment of their natural values.

This process has involved significant public announcements, consultation, natural values assessments and a substantial body of work by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania over many years. The Tasmanian Liberal Government will continue to ensure that our special natural places are protected and presented in ways that allow people of all abilities to enjoy the natural and cultural values they contain.

Expanding Mole Creek Karst National Park

Minister for Parks

Expanding Mole Creek Karst National Park

16 September 2021

It’s my pleasure today to announce the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s intention to expand the beautiful Mole Creek Karst National Park to deliver better protection of the area’s unique limestone cave systems.

The expansion of the Mole Creek Kast National Park will occur through the reservation of an additional 2,850 hectares of land currently classified as Future Potential Production Forest land, and includes land known as Solomons Dome, which contains the catchment of the internationally significant Kubla Khan Cave.

The inclusion of these parcels of FPPF land will expand and consolidate what is currently a fragmented National Park, improving the natural values, protection and management efficiency within Mole Creek Kast National Park.

This process has involved significant public consultation, natural values assessments and a substantial body of work by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

In addition, we are proposing that a further 22,550 hectares of FPPF land in the TWWHA be formally reserved as either conservation area, or regional reserve in accordance with the assessment of their natural values.

As many of these areas display evidence of past land use practices, reserving the remaining areas of FPPF Crown land as either conservation area or regional reserve is consistent with the requirements of the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and the management objectives for the TWWHA and will ensure these areas are appropriately protected.

Importantly, this proposal does not preclude the involvement of Tasmanian Aboriginal people in land management nor does it create additional barriers to land return in the future.

This proposal delivers on our commitment to reserve FPPF land within the TWWHA, and is a significant contribution to the Tasmanian Reserve Estate under the Nature Conservation Act 2002. Once reserved, the land will be managed in accordance with the TWWHA Management Plan.

The proposal will now go through the required statutory processes, including the approval of both Houses of Parliament.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government will continue to ensure that our special natural places are protected and presented in ways that allow people of all abilities to enjoy the natural and cultural values they contain.

More information can be found on the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment website.