Nick McKim, Press Release

Greens Shadow Environment spokesperson and Member for Franklin Nick McKim said that Paul Lennon’s announcement today was timed to divert attention from the crisis in confidence surrounding Deputy Premier Bryan Green’s signing of a secret deal with the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation, and promised to continue to support the local community in their efforts to protect their environment, lifestyles and public open space.

“This proposal is bigger and has worse social and environmental impacts than the previous version, and is a massive betrayal of the local community which fought so hard against the previous proposal,” Mr McKim said.

And, what the Libs reckon

“It is a diversionary tactic as well as cynical. The Premier buried the proposal before the election because of community concerns,” he said.

“Like so many other matters have come to light, he now believes he is home free and can do as he wishes.”

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The Greens

Nick McKim MHA

Thursday, 6 JULY 2006

RALPHS BAY BACK BIGGER AND BADDER THAN EVER

As Yet Another Secret Deal Emerges in Australia’s Cronyism Capital

The Tasmanian Greens today said that Walker Corporation’s Ralphs Bay proposal announced by the Premier today was bigger and more problematic than the unpopular proposal withdrawn by Walker at the behest of Premier Lennon to save a Labor seat in Franklin at this year’s state election.

Greens Shadow Environment spokesperson and Member for Franklin Nick McKim said that Paul Lennon’s announcement today was timed to divert attention from the crisis in confidence surrounding Deputy Premier Bryan Green’s signing of a secret deal with the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation, and promised to continue to support the local community in their efforts to protect their environment, lifestyles and public open space.

“This proposal is bigger and has worse social and environmental impacts than the previous version, and is a massive betrayal of the local community which fought so hard against the previous proposal,” Mr McKim said.

“This announcement shows the contempt with which Labor treats Tasmanian communities, and the many members of the local community who put their lives on hold to fight the last proposal have now been slapped in the face by the Premier and his Franklin Members Lara Giddings and Paula Wriedt.”

“This proposal is bigger and has greater impacts on the Ralphs Bay Conservation Area than the previous proposal, with Premier Lennon confirming in response to my question today that Walker are demanding 500 lots, and an increase in area from 38 to 46 hectares.”

“Yet another secret deal in Tasmania, Australia’s cronyism capital.”

“The Greens will stand shoulder to shoulder with the local community as they once again seek to protect their lifestyle.”

Mr McKim said that the Greens will not support the proposal being given Project of State Significance status, as it would deny the community appeal rights which would otherwise exist if the proposal was assessed by the Clarence City Council.

Mr McKim also said that the announcement raised questions regarding whether Walker Corporation had contributed to the shadowy Tasmanian for a Better Future campaign prior to the election, and whether Labor support for the project is a quid pro quo for any secret donations.

What the Libs say

WILL HODGMAN, MHA

Liberal Leader

Thursday July 6, 2006

Ralphs Bay

The Tasmanian Liberal Leader has today asked the Premier for a briefing on the new proposal by Walker Corporation for a development on Ralphs Bay.

Mr Hodgman said the dropping in State Parliament today during Question Time, news that the Government had a new proposal from Walker Corporation and would be declaring the project one of State significance was another example of deceitful politics.

“It is a diversionary tactic as well as cynical. The Premier buried the proposal before the election because of community concerns,” he said.

“Like so many other matters have come to light, he now believes he is home free and can do as he wishes.”

Mr Hodgman said it was important for the Liberal Party to have the full facts on this new proposal to consider the matter and consult widely, as it had done previously.

He said he remained committed to appropriate development that was subject to proper planning processes. He did not support development at any cost.

The Liberals did not support the last proposal and our position has not changed.