The World Heritage Committee has commended Australia on its management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
These comments from the World Heritage Committee came with a draft decision released overnight that Australia be taken off the annual reporting cycle, with the property to be next considered by the World Heritage Committee in 2018.
The Government is committed to delivering on all recommendations of the World Heritage Committee and will work closely with the Tasmanian Government to ensure our already high standards of management are maintained.
In addition to its annual financial support of $3.4 million, the Australian Government has provided an additional $10.2 million for the Tasmanian Wilderness, including:
• $1.5 million for Tasmanian property management;
• $3.2 million to address high priority road safety issues and biosecurity concerns relating to the spread of invasive species, pests and pathogens in the area;
• $575,000 to progress the work being undertaken by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Council with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community to provide more detailed information on the cultural heritage of the property.
The Coalition Government is also supporting Tasmania with an injection of $3.3 million to protect the iconic Tasmanian Devil – itself an identified value of the TWWHA.
The Coalition has a first class track record of managing our World Heritage responsibilities and remains committed to working with relevant States and the World Heritage Committee to conserve and protect our wonderful World Heritage sites across Australia.