We welcome, in principle, commencement of work on the long-awaited Tourism Master Plan for the TWWHA but are concerned it will provide further endorsement of the state government’s policy of ‘unlocking’ the TWWHA and avoid any scrutiny of the many tourism proposals already being considered under the Expressions of Interest process.
There would be significant loss of wilderness character at Lake Malbena and in the surrounding country if the proposed helicopter-based tourism development proceeds.
Three more new tourism operations in parks on Tasmania's east coast have been approved without any public scrutiny via the secretive Expressions of Interest process.
Planning should start with consideration of the experience to be provided for visitors and the options available to achieve this. Serious consideration must be given to options beyond simply upgrading infrastructure to cope with ever increasing visitor numbers.
With the referral of this development proposal to the Federal Minister for consideration under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, the full scale of this proposed development has been revealed.
A remarkable number of parks-related funding pledges were forthcoming during the Tasmanian election campaign. Increased parks' funding is welcome, but several proposals are of concern.
What are both Tasmania’s major political parties thinking of? Endorsing an extremely expensive proposal, with the potential to change Cradle Mountain forever, without any serious consideration of consequences, alternatives, or financial viability!
The Geeves Effect is based around a proposal to construct a high grade walking track and associated accommodation in the vicinity of the iconic Federation Peak, within the wildest part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.