Interactive maps guide the Plan

Wet Tropics Management Authority's Plan review is underway.
Photographer: Samuel Davis

Date published: 2nd May 2017

The Wet Tropics Management Authority is helping the community shape the future of its World Heritage Area through a series of interactive maps.


The Authority is currently reviewing the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 which protects and regulates activities within the Area.


As part of its review, undertaken every 10 years, a series of ‘story maps’ have been posted on the Authority’s website to illustrate proposed changes through text, images and multimedia content.


The Authority’s Executive Director Scott Buchanan says the digital diagrams allow people to swipe back and forth to compare new zoning proposals against what the World Heritage Area looks like today.


"This gives people a visual overview of what changes to zones, roads, tracks and visitor centres may look like," Mr Buchanan says.


"It is the first time we’ve been able to present information in this manner and we hope it encourages greater community engagement."


The review is undertaken in collaboration with all levels of government, Rainforest Aboriginal people, landholders and the broader community within the Wet Tropics.


Mr Buchanan says direct input from Wet Tropics residents and businesses during the first round of public consultation are vital.


"As part of the review, we will undertake community consultation through meetings and events hosted by the Authority over the next two months," he says.


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


The Authority will hold 20 meetings with Rainforest Aboriginal peoples and their organisations and issue thousands of letters, brochures and pamphlets to landholders, stakeholders and neighbours over the next two months.


A second round of public consultation featuring proposed changes to the Plan will start in early 2018 before the final Plan is presented to the Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum and the Queensland Government.


The Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998 is subordinate legislation under the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993. To read more about the Authority’s Plan visit


About the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area was inscribed into the World Heritage List in 1988. The Area traverses almost 450 kilometres of north Queensland coastline spanning almost 900,000 hectares. While mostly rainforest, the Area also features diverse habitats including open forests, woodlands, wetlands and mangroves. Sheltered within those areas are more than 4000 species of plants and over 700 species of vertebrate animals. In all, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area boasts Australia’s greatest diversity of plants and animals within an area that covers just 0.12 per cent of the continent.


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