Establishing that the proposed development of a helicopter-based luxury tourism development at Lake Malbena is “in accordance” with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 2016 (TWWHAMP) is central to its assessment against the requirements of the Central Highlands Planning Scheme.

The question of “accordance” with the management plan has not been determined and cannot possibly be determined without the provision of further information. The Development Application (DA) should therefore be rejected or placed “on hold” by the Central Highlands Council until the requisite information has been provided, and PWS has properly assessed compliance with the TWWHAMP and provided a finalised Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) to inform the assessment of the DA.

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

The Tasmanian National Parks Association offers an independent voice for Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, to ensure they are managed for the conservation of the values for which they were proclaimed.