One of the important ways the Wet Tropics Management Authority manages impacts on the Wet Tropics World Heritage area is through the administration of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 and subordinate legislation called the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998.
The Plan includes a zoning scheme and permit system that regulates activities which may have an impact on its World Heritage values and integrity. These activities are primarily those which may affect ecosystems, vegetation, soils, waterways and scenic values.
While the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 is under review, the current Plan remains in force.
The Authority has now received your ideas about how we can improve the management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is currently analyzing submissions.
The Plan review process requires two rounds of public consultation and is expected to continue into 2018.
May to 30 June 2017 - Round 1 of public consultation - gather ideas and suggestions. This has now closed.
July 2017 to January 2018 - Collate public comment and prepare draft amendment Plan.
February to April 2018 - Round 2 of public consultation - get comments on the draft amendment Plan.
May to June 2018 - Prepare final amendment Plan
Submissions closed on Friday 30 June 2017.
Please read about the proposed changes below.
The Authority is proposing a range of changes and options for how the Plan works.
These include topics such as:
Download the Plan Review brochure (7MB). The brochure outlines the proposed changes and asks questions to guide submissions.
Download the Rainforest Aboriginal fact sheet (2Mb) which focuses on proposed changes relevant to Rainforest Aboriginal people.
Download the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998.
Download a proposed list of undesirable plants (Schedule 2 of the Plan).
You can also obtain copies of the brochure and fact sheet from the Authority or local council offices.
You can view the zoning maps on our interactive mapping story maps pages.
You can also view the proposed changes to the zoning maps (1:250,000 only) on the links below:
You can also download the zoning rules and proposed changes for the 2017 Plan review.