Cool fact…
Although Brown Glacier on the north coast of Heard Island is devoid of life (due in part to cold temperatures and high winds - gusts up to 220 kilometres per hour) new land is made available for colonisation by vegetation and animals as the glacier retreats (it retreated about 50 metes between 2000/01 and 2003/04).

Management plan

It is common practice in Australia and in other countries worldwide for protected areas, parks and reserves to have a management plan explaining the rules and guidelines for activities in the area.

Management plans also explain what the objectives are for managing the area, and what the managers will do to help meet those objectives.

It is a requirement of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act), under which the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve was declared, that a management plan be prepared for the Reserve.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is responsible for managing the Reserve and also responsible for preparing and implementing the required management plan.

This section of the website outlines requirements for a management plan. It also provides a summary of the measures outlined in the management plan, including the environmental impact assessment and permits processes, zoning provisions and the Environmental Code of Conduct.

This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.