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National Park - Tarkine

5 May 2011

The Circular Head Council reaffirms its position in relation to the proposal to turn the Tarkine into a National Park, following recent media coverage.

Council adopted a position in September 2009 following a period of public consultation, resulting in four submissions being received.

The position states:

"The Circular Head Council will not support the notion that any of the reserves within its boundary, current or future, be proclaimed as National Park without:-

1.   Extensive consultation by the State Government with Circular Head Council; and,

2.   Extensive consultation with the existing land managers and/or existing or future lessees, which may include, but are not limited to, Mineral Resources Tasmania, the Parks and Wildlife Service (including the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area Management Committee, if/where required) and Forestry Tasmania; and,

3.   The opportunity for the public to provide input for a minimum of eight weeks; and

4.   The full agreement of the Circular Head Council as elected representatives of Local Government, via;-
      a.    A  decision made by absolute majority; after,
b.   Consultation with all parties listed in (2) in respect to their current or intended future operations within the   Circular Head municipal area,and with due consideration in respect to (3)."

Mayor Quilliam, noting the recent media publicity in relation to the Tarkine mining proposals, indicated that "The Council does not support the creation of any national park or reserve without extensive consultation all stakeholders."


Further enquiries may be directed to Cr Daryl Quilliam, Mayor, by Telephoning 0408 543 927.

Authorised for general media distribution by Greg Winton, General Manager, Circular Head Council on Thursday 5 May 2011.