Now you see it, now you don’t … the sign in question


On 12 November2012 I wrote an open letter to you and copied in to all HOA and Legco representatives challenging them “Do you have the Courage?” , inter alia, to “reinstate the World Heritage Area sign on the entrance to the area off Mountain Road at 12474 Highland Lakes Road as it was located in June 2010”.

I note that I have had no formal response to this letter.

Since then the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement has been ratified (with amendments) by both Houses and, in June 2013, the UNESCO has approved World Heritage Listing for some 170,000 hectares of High Conservation Forest.

A miniscule portion of the listing is Coupe BA388D (some 40 hectares) adjacent to my property and the subject of my many communications to you and others.

I further note that it appears that the Minister for the Environment Brian Wightman has the ability to enshrine the sanctity of this UNESCO Listing as noted in the link below:-

If this was to occur then Coupe BA388D would be managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002.

So Premier I ask you, and in particular the Minister for the Environment, “Do You Have the Courage” to reinstate the WHA sign on the entrance to the area off Mountain Road at 12474 Highland Lakes Road as it was located in June 2010.

Of course the sign would have to be rebadged to indicate management by Parks and Wildlife!

I await with interest a timely response .

Yours Sincerely,

John Powell

cc. Deputy Premier

Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage

The earlier letter:

Members of the House of Representatives and the Legislative Council
Subject: Do YOU have the Courage – Quamby and the Pallittorre Nation?
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:37:18 +1000


I believe you and your advisors are fully aware of the issues of both European Heritage and endangered species (Facial Tumour Free Devils, Green and Gold Frog etc) associated with Coupe BA388D, as indeed do the Deputy Premier, and the Minister for Environment and others within the elected masses.

The attached document details, to the extent that I can, the extraordinary indigenous heritage located on my property, within the coupe, and the surrounding escarpment region.

I have deliberately copied this to all those elected representatives in Tasmania with the hope that some level of ethical consideration might be made by you the elite ones amongst us, about its contents, before the entire area and its potential artefact content and history is lost forever.

Please dutifully consider. My grandchildren are praying that you do.

John Powell