Wet Tropics Plan Review

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.

Submission period for the Review Phase 1 Consultation has now closed

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

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.  

What sort of improvements are proposed?

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 and visitor sites
  • 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 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.


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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