Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman NP.
The level of aircraft activity in the Tasman National Park vicinity has increased in recent years – in particular the area above or adjacent to the most southern sections of the national park. The coastline is a popular destination for commercial scenic flights due to its proximity to Hobart, to the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, the rugged sea cliffs of Tasman Island and Tasman NP (including the Three Capes Track).
Aircraft have the potential to cause disturbance to vulnerable natural values (including eagles, seabirds and seals), the experience of visitors in the national park, visitors in adjacent areas, and to nearby residents.
Whilst the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) does not have management authority over the airspace above the Tasman National Park, the PWS is facilitating the Fly Neighbourly Advice process, for the benefit of park visitors, values management, and local residents. The Fly Neighbourly Advice will apply to all aircraft – helicopters and fixed wing (excluding drones) undertaking scenic flights in the area.
Fly Neighbourly Advice are voluntary agreements between aircraft operators, authorities, and the community to minimise the disturbance caused by aircraft in a specific area.
Click here for a copy of the Fly Neighbourly Advice draft and other info.