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  • Walls of Jerusalem from Lk Malbena, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Photo: Grant Dixon

Minister recognises Malbena proposal would degrade wilderness

2020-11-19T03:05:49+00:00November 18th, 2020|

With the release of Commonwealth Minister Sussan Ley's ‘Statement of Reasons’, for the first time, an Environment Minister has recognised that the Lake Malbena helicopter-accessed tourist development proposal will significantly and adversely impact threatened species, wilderness character and reduce natural and World Heritage values.

EoI process criticised, RAA not fit for purpose

2020-09-22T12:04:23+00:00September 22nd, 2020|

The Report by the Auditor-General into the state government’s EoI process criticises both the EoI process and the Parks and Wildlife Service’s Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) process, most notably ‘(the) RAA is not geared to deal with more complex proposals received through EoI’.

Lk Malbena development is a “controlled action”

2020-09-19T20:52:05+00:00September 18th, 2020|

Good news regarding the proposed helicopter-accessed tourism development at Lake Malbena from the Commonwealth Environment Minister Sussan Ley recently; “I have determined that the likely impacts to the unique values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area warrant a formal assessment”.

  • Halls Island, Lake Malbena, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Photo: Grant Dixon

Supreme Court appeal of Lake Malbena decision

2020-07-12T11:55:56+00:00July 10th, 2020|

BAD NEWS! The Supreme Court’s decision on the appeal by The Wilderness Society and ourselves, against the Planning Tribunal decision regarding the Lake Malbena development proposal, was handed down on 13th July. Neither of our grounds of appeal succeeded.

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.

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