The Tasmanian Greens today urged the Heritage Minister Brian Wightman to heed Aboriginal and local community concerns regarding plans for a golf course development at Arm End.
Greens Member for Franklin Nick McKim MP said the Chair of the Interim Heritage Council, Rocky Sainty, has expressed concern about the lack of consultation prior to, and following, the announcement of the project.
“We understand there are some 29 visible sites that tell the story of the mumirimina people, with middens, hearths, artefact scatters and possibly burial sites,” Mr McKim said.
“Mr Sainty and the Council are concerned that negotiations have been underway for two years and commitments were made by government to the proponent prior to any Aboriginal heritage being considered.”
“There are also many members of the local community who are concerned about losing public access to parts of Arms End, as well as the loss of amenity that could occur if the golf course proceeds.”
“This is not being ‘anti-development”, it’s about ensuring proper process is followed, and that the Aboriginal and local communities are treated as key stakeholders from the very beginning of the process.”
Nick McKim MP Greens Member for Franklin