Wet Tropics Plan review

Have your say!

The Wet Tropics Management Authority wants to hear your ideas about how we can improve the management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. 

The Authority is reviewing Wet Tropics Managemant Plan 1998. The Plan 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.

Please read about the proposed changes below and how to make your wrtitten submission. Submissions close on Friday 30 June 2017.


See our interactive story maps to help you understand proposed changes to the zoning maps.

Download the Plan review brochure.

Make an on-line submission here.

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
  • Recognising Rainfoprest Aboriginal tradition
  • Updates to road classifications and visitor sites
  • Building and upgrading community services infrastructure
  • Activities allowed under a permit (including fishstocking and aircraft landing)
  • Undesirable plants and animals (including cats and dogs)
  • Domesticactivities
  • Offsets


Where can I find more detailed information?

The following information can be accessed on-line or as hard copies from the Authority or local council offices:

  • A Plan review brochure (16 pages) outlines the proosed changes and asks questions to encourage submissions
  • A Rainforest Aboriginal fact sheet (4 pages) focuses on proposed changes particulalry relevant to Rainforest Aboriginal people.
  • The Wet Tropics Managemant Plan 1998.
  • A proposed list of undesirable plants (Schedule 2 of the Plan).


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.



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


How to make a submission

Submissions can be provided in one of the following ways:

Submissions must be in writing.

Submissions close on Friday 30 June 2017.


Wet Tropics Management Authority - talk to a Planner

  • Campbell Clarke on 4241 0531 and campbell.clarke@wtma.qld.gov.au
  • Lorraine Briggs on 42410520 and lorraine.briggs@wtma.qld.gov.au

Contractors assisting with community sector submissions:

  • Alliance for Sustainable Tourism will be making a submission on behalf of the tourism industry. Email alliance@ttnq.org.au
  • Cairns and Far North Environment Centre will be making a submission on behalf of the conservation sector. Email: president@cafnec.org.au
  • Biocultural Connections will be making a submission on behalf of Rainforest Aboriginal people. Email:bruc3anthr0@gmail.com

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