Surplus Crown land to be sold by public process

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Parks 

Surplus Crown land to be sold by public process

7 August 2021

Today we are commencing the sale of surplus Crown land in Tasmania through a public land sales program, with the first parcels prepared for sale and listed with agents.

This delivers on a $400,000 commitment from the Tasmanian Liberal Government to identify, market and sell excess Crown Land.

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will be facilitating the process, with any suitable Crown land that is surplus to the Government’s needs to be considered for sale.

Each land parcel will be assessed for both natural and cultural heritage values prior to release, and the PWS will liaise with local councils regarding development of the land in accordance with each municipality’s planning schemes.  

The sale of the surplus Crown land through this program will be an open and public process, and any land selected for sale will be sold through local real estate agencies.

This is part of a larger funding boost for Crown Land programs of $2.1 million over two years which follows on from recommendations for the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council, which identified the need for investment in this area to support timely approvals for development.

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New vessel to assist Parks on Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River

Minister for Parks

New vessel to assist Parks on Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River

15 July 2021

I am honoured today to officially launch the new Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) vessel, named Yula, which is the Tasmanian Aboriginal word for shearwater, or moonbird, a well-known bird in our State.

The Yula is an eight metre catamaran with the ability to operate in adverse weather conditions within Macquarie Harbour and on the Gordon River on the West Coast. It will replace the current Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) vessel, Shearwater.

The Yula will allow PWS staff to perform essential maintenance at key visitor sites within the harbour and within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area – some of which are only accessible by boat including Heritage Landing, Sir John Falls and Sarah Island.

The Yula, funded through park entry fees, will provide additional reliability and safety for PWS staff, with improved comfort for longer trips, reducing fatigue of operators and passengers.

Like the Shearwater, the new vessel is expected to support the important work of researchers, scientists and Wildcare volunteer programs, and will be available to support search and rescue operations as required.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government appreciates that our national parks and reserves support many tourism and other businesses throughout the State, particularly in our regional areas, and assets like the Yula are critical to the work that is done by our dedicated PWS staff.