In its decision on the Lake Malbena luxury tourism proposal the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal has found that it isn’t required to assess the proposal against the management plan.
Environment groups invited to be part of the public consultation to develop a tourism master plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area have announced their intention to boycott the process.
MEDIA RELEASE – Has the review of the RAA process for developments in national parks been abandoned?
A long-awaited review of the Reserve Activity Assessment Process, the internal government process by which developments in national parks and reserves are assessed, has stalled with no apparent progress for over a year.
The Tasmanian Attorney-General, Elise Archer MP, has intervened in the Lake Malbena appeal to argue that the Land Use and Planning Approvals Act does not apply to reserved land covered by a management plan.
In the absence of the long promised Development Application for the proposed Cable Car, Residents Opposed to the Cable Car and the Tasmanian National Parks Association have compiled a comprehensive document outlining those issues that they feel should be addressed.
Nature Photographers Tasmania and the Tasmanian National Parks Association have called on the State Government and its agencies, the Parks and Wildlife Service and the Tasmanian Fire Service, to urgently prioritise critical wilderness fires in western Tasmania. In particular, the wildfire burning at Mt Anne imminently and directly threatens ancient and irreplaceable Gondwanic plant communities.
The TNPA calls for an immediate end to the call for Expressions of Interest for Tourism Opportunities on Reserved Land, a statutory, open and transparent process to control development on reserved land, and additional funding for reserve management to address the chronic under-funding of the Parks and Wildlife Service and Wellington Park Management Trust.