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Lake Rodway Commercial Hut Proposal

2020-06-15T23:49:56+00:00June 14th, 2020|

The proposal for a commercial hut (lodge) at Lake Rodway, below Cradle Mountain, has now reached the detailed planning stage. We are opposed to this proposal on the grounds of impacts on the natural environment and the experience of other users of the area, but in the event that the proposal proceeds, the hut and the proliferation of other facilities should be redesigned to minimise its footprint.

Draft TWWHA Tourism Master Plan

2020-05-14T23:02:51+00:00May 13th, 2020|

Together with other conservation groups, we have declined to participate in the consultation process on this Master Plan on the basis that it can only influence tourism policy within the parameters set by the TWWHA Management Plan and so does not represent a serious attempt to strike a considered balance between conservation and preservation.

RMPAT final Malbena decision released

2019-12-18T21:59:39+00:00December 18th, 2019|

RMPAT has issued a disappointing final decision today (18 Dec 2019) regarding the proposed Lake Malbena development. However, the battle is by no means lost. We will be carefully considering the Tribunal’s decision and will be taking advice with respect to our legal options.

TWWHA Tourism Master Plan discussion paper released

2019-12-18T19:31:40+00:00December 13th, 2019|

The Tasmanian government has recently released, with little fanfare, a discussion paper entitled “Towards a Tourism Master Plan” (for the TWWHA). Aspects appear positive but the paper is general and our fundamental concerns cannot be allayed until we see the draft Tourism Master Plan itself, scheduled for public release and comment in March 2020.

  • Western Arthur Range, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Photo: Grant Dixon

Government report to UNESCO re the TWWHA

2019-12-06T19:40:23+00:00December 6th, 2019|

The Australian Government's latest report to UNESCO's World Heritage Centre was released on 1 December 2019. This was one of the requirements of the 2015 monitoring mission to the TWWHA. The situation is not so good as the report makes out.

Lake Malbena decision

2019-10-29T23:42:36+00:00October 21st, 2019|

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.