June 17, 2014
Areas included in the 2013 extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area clearly don't meet the definition of pristine wilderness.
The 2003 Tasmanian State of the Environment report ranks Tasmanian land in terms of its wilderness values (see image below) and reveals the most valuable wilderness was encapsulated by the TWWHA before it was extended.
The wilderness values were defined using the methodology established by the National Wilderness Inventory (Lesslie & Maslen 1995).
The property is now creeping outside that area and into areas that are clearly not pristine wilderness.
The Coalition's submission for a minor boundary modification will restore the balance and return dignity to the property by removing areas that don't meet the definition of wilderness.
The Greens continue to deceive the Tasmanian, Australian and global community by claiming the extension has "outstanding" wilderness values and that 60 and 70 year-old regrowth are "old growth" forests.
The truth is these areas have been sustainably harvested and regenerated over many years.
The fact that areas like this are now included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area makes a mockery of the Labor/Green nomination to extend the area in 2013.