Wet Tropics Plan review

The submission period for Phase 1 consultation of the Wet Tropics Management Plan Review is now closed.

Phase 1 of the Wet Tropics Management Plan Review has now closed, but not before the community provided an overwhelming response to the call for submissions.

The review is undertaken every 10 years in collaboration with all levels of government, Rainforest Aboriginal people, landholders and the broader community within the Wet Tropics. During Phase 1 of the review, the Authority consulted the community through meetings and events over two months prior to the close of submissions on 30 June 2017.

The Executive Director, Mr Scott Buchanan says direct input from Wet Tropics residents and businesses during the first round of public consultation has been vital.

"We were keen to hear the community’s views on how the Plan could better reflect changes in community attitudes" he said.

The Authority is pleased with the number and comprehensiveness of nearly 100 submissions it has received.

 “I would like to thank the individuals and organisations that have taken up our invitation to make a submission,” Mr Buchanan said.

“The submissions from landowners, neighbours and interested organisations have generated valuable ideas to better protect the World Heritage Area. We are very pleased with this result and will continue to engage with the public and government organisations throughout the remaining Plan Review stages into 2018,” he said.

All submissions will be analysed and a Consultation Report will be prepared over the coming months.

After consideration of all submissions, a revised Wet Tropics Management Plan will be made available for a second round of public comment and consultation in early 2018 before a final amended Plan is presented to the Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum and the Queensland Government.

What sort of changes are proposed?

The Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998  is subordinate legislation that protects the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area through a zoning scheme and permit system. It regulates activities within the Area which may have an impact on its World Heritage values and integrity. These activities are primarily those which may affect the Area’s ecosystems, vegetation, soils, waterways and scenic values.

The Authority is proposing a range of changes and options for how the Plan works. These include topics such as:

  • Improvements to the zoning system, See our interactive story maps to help you understand proposed changes to the zoning maps.

  • Recognising Rainforest Aboriginal tradition

  • Updates to road classifications (FAQ Road classifications read more here) and proposed zone D visitor sites (FAQ Visitor sites  read more here)

  • Building and upgrading community services infrastructure

  • Activities allowed under a permit (including fish stocking and aircraft landing)

  • Undesirable plants and animals (including cats and dogs)

  • Domestic activities

  • Offsets


Where can I find more detailed information

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.


You can also obtain copies of the brochure and fact sheet from the Authority or local council offices

Where can I view the zoning maps?

You can view the zoning maps on our interactive story maps .

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.

The plan review process

The Plan review process requires two rounds of public consultation and is expected to be completed in 2018. 

  • May to 30 June 2017 - Round 1 of public consultation - gather ideas and suggestions

  • 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


Talk to a Planner - Wet Tropics Management Authority

  • Lorraine Briggs, Principal Planner on 42410520 and lorraine.briggs@wtma.qld.gov.au

Contractors assisting with community sector submissions:

  • Alliance for Sustainable Tourism has made a submission on behalf of the tourism industry. Email alliance@ttnq.org.au

  • Cairns and Far North Environment Centre has made a submission on behalf of the conservation sector. Email: president@cafnec.org.au

  • BioCultural ConneXions will be making a submission on behalf of Rainforest Aboriginal people. Email:bruc3anthr0@gmail.com


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