The Wellington Park Management Trust was constituted under the Wellington Park Act 1993 as the managing authority for Wellington Park. The Trust is required to prepare and implement a Management Plan for the Park. The Management Plan is a statutory document and is the planning scheme for the Park under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (LUPAA).
The Trust prepares the Management Plan, but does not assess LUPAA development applications for proposals within the Park. Instead, these applications are assessed by the relevant planning authority, usually the City of Hobart or Glenorchy City Council who own most of the land within the Park where developments can be considered. The planning authority uses the standards for development set out in the Management Plan to make their assessment.
Not all works require approval under LUPAA. Exempt activities are listed in Table 4 of the Management Plan.
The Trust, via the Wellington Park Management Plan and the Wellington Park Regulations 2019, ensures that all works undertaken within the Park are consistent with the purposes for which the Park is set aside. These purposes are specified in the Act:
Depending on the type of activity or development, a permit, licence, or other approval may be required from the Trust under the Act or Regulations. Chapter 8 of the Wellington Park Management Plan sets out the activities, uses and developments that are allowable in the Park.
All works within Wellington Park require one or more permits from the Trust under the Wellington Park Regulations 2019.
Permits are required for works including erecting structures, installing signage, taking or disturbing flora or fauna, conducting events, vehicle access beyond closed gates and other matters covered by the Regulations. In addition, a licence under the Wellington Park Act is required to undertake commercial activities within the Park.
The objectives for assessing works are to provide recreational and tourism uses and opportunities that are consistent with the protection of natural, cultural, aesthetic and recreational values of Wellington Park.
Applications for a permit from the Trust are via a Park Activity Assessment (PAA). Permit assessment is a risk management approach to determine potential impact on Park values. The permit assessment process is outlined below. There are three levels of PAA depending on the scale, complexity and likely impact of the proposed works.
Level 1 – Works are considered to have potential for adverse impacts on Park values or involves new works, but the proposal is relatively minor in terms of scale and impact, and impacts are easily managed. The PAA is to be submitted and will be assessed against ‘Allowable Activities in Wellington Park’ (Table 2, Chapter 8 of the Management Plan). Level 1 PAAs can be approved by the Trust General Manager.
Level 2-3 – Works are more complex and have the potential for more significant impacts. These proposals require significantly more information to be supplied, and often specialist advice is required to understand the possible impacts and best management measures needed. The Trust will take advice from its Management Advisory Committee as to the appropriate level of PAA, and the relevant information required as part of the applications.
The Trust’s process is as follows:
The Wellington Park Act 1993 does not provide an appeal process for decision by the Trust to issue or refuse a permit under the Wellington Park Regulations 1993.