Cassy O’Connor

This time, the stakes are so much higher. This time, Lennon Labor has abandoned all pretence of community consultation before deciding whether to approve the project, knowing full well the passions it stirs and the rich vein of public, scientific and political opposition to canal estates in Tasmania.

Greens bill …
TEN months and three days was all it took for a stinking fish to mysteriously vanish from the Ralphs Bay sandflats, then abruptly reappear in a new, even smellier guise.

This time, the stakes are so much higher. This time, Lennon Labor has abandoned all pretence of community consultation before deciding whether to approve the project, knowing full well the passions it stirs and the rich vein of public, scientific and political opposition to canal estates in Tasmania.

Walker Corporation has the full and unequivocal support of the Lennon Cabinet. The Premier has told us this himself. Those concerned, coastal-loving Tasmanian voters who in good faith put the ALP high on their ballot papers on March 18 this year must feel particularly betrayed.

What a cynically manipulated sequence of events. After a meeting between the Premier and Lang Walker on August 30, the proposal is pulled by the developer on September 2 last year, we are told, for economic reasons.

The State Election; Lennon Labor holds onto its third Franklin seat — just — and with Save Ralphs Bay Inc campaigner Jane MacDonald’s Green preferences spilling Paula Wriedt over the line.

Now we understand from Walker Corporation representatives, Kevin Hunt and former RPDC Commissioner, Lia Morris, that the project has been brought very much back to life by the election of a majority government.

And, the Lennon Cabinet believes it should be given Project of State Significance (PoSS) status. If passed by both Houses, and given the Governor’s consent, the PoSS Bill will see Walker Corporation and the community fight over Ralphs Bay in the Resource Planning and Development Commission.

Read the Hansard from last Thursday http://www.hansard.parliament.tas.gov.au and make your own judgment on the political dynamic. Debate began at 10.21 a.m. with a Dorothy Dixer to the Premier from the newly elected Denison MP, Lisa Singh.

Seriously consider calling the offices of your State and Federal Franklin and Denison MPs, and particularly, all the State’s Members of the Legislative Council. It is in the Upper House that there may be some hope of blocking the PoSS bill by persuading enough MLC’s to do the right thing for their communities and our coastline.

Cassy O’Connor
Save Ralphs Bay Inc.
cass@saveralphsbay.org

Earlier: Hoodwinked!

The Greens

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Nick McKim MHA

Wednesday, 12 JULY 2006

GREENS TABLE BILL TO BAN CANAL STYLE DEVELOPMENTS IN TASMANIA

Law In NSW, Challenge For Tasmanian Labor

The Tasmanian Greens today tabled in Parliament their Ban Canal Estate Developments Bill 2006.

Greens Opposition Planning Spokesperson Nick McKim MHA said that the Bill was based on NSW law which prohibited canal style developments on environmental grounds.

“The Greens Ban on Canal Estate Developments Bill 2006 is based on similar legislation in force in NSW which bans further canal estate developments in that state,” Mr McKim said.

“The New South Wales Labor Government is no friend of the environment, but the challenge now for the Lennon Labor Government is to clear the very low bar set for them by their New South Wales colleagues.”

“If it is good enough for Labor in NSW, it should be good enough for Labor in Tasmania.”

“The Greens’ Ban on Canal Estate Developments Bill 2006 would ensure that the disastrous Ralphs Bay proposal could not proceed and continues our support for locals fighting to protect their lifestyles and Tasmania’s environment.”

“Our Bill will ensure that parts of Tasmania’s coastline do not end of resembling the Gold Coast,” Mr McKim said.