Despite the best efforts of our legal representatives, the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) overturned the Central Highlands Council’s decision to refuse a permit for helicopter-accessed visitor accommodation at Halls Island, Lake Malbena in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. In January 2020 we (TWS, TNPA & two individuals) lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in order to argue that RMPAT erred in relying on the Parks and Wildlife Service’s Reserve Activity Assessment of the Lake Malbena proposal. Our initial appeal to the Supreme Court was unsuccessful but we won in our subsequent appeal to the Full Court. The result is that RMPAT is required to consider whether the proposal complies with the “prescriptive requirements” of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 2016.
Our legal challenge to the Lake Malbena tourism development is now to be re-determined by TASCAT (formerly RMPAT). The hearing is likely occur in March 2022. We have already incurred significant legal fees. The total costs will become clearer after the directions hearing on 9 December 2021 but they are likely to be substantial. For background and a summary of the Lake Malbena issue, see here.
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