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 grounds of appeal were not successful but we are not giving up on Lake Malbena. Since the July 2020 decision, we have appealed to the Full Court, arguing that the Court made a number of legal errors in reaching its decision.
We are pursuing this matter not only for Lake Malbena but also because it has major implications for the many other intrusive tourism developments currently being considered for Tasmania’s national parks under the State government’s secretive Expressions of Interest process. For background and a summary of the Lake Malbena issue, see here.
We will again be represented by the Environment Defenders Office. Despite this, legal fees are likely to be substantial. Your donation will help us to meet these costs and to protect Tasmania’s National Parks.