Photograph of the disused Bernacchi Lodge, Central Plateau, (taken by Tim Morris MP 2008)

The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed the decision to demolish the long disused Bernacchi Lodge situated on the Central Plateau, which was originally built by the Commonwealth government as a training centre.

Greens Member for Lyons, Tim Morris MP, said the derelict pine log constructed building posed a serious fire hazard to the World Heritage Area.

“Finally a decision has been made to cut our losses with this disused building and actually move its removal and the site’s rehabilitation,” Mr Morris said.

“I have been calling for action on the Bernacchi Lodge for over six years now, and it is urgent that it is demolished before it goes up in smoke.”

“Left derelict, the treated-pine structure risks exposing the World Heritage Area to a major bushfire, as well as serious pollution from the inevitable toxic smoke.

“Despite feasibility studies being undertaken into turning it into a low budget accommodation venture, and numerous calls to do something about the structure it has remained vacant since 2000.”

“The verdict has been in for some time that either Bernacchi had to be converted to a viable tourism venture and appropriately maintained, or it needed to be removed and the site rehabilitated.”

“We welcome this long-overdue decision to demolish and rehabilitate,” Mr Morris said.

The State tender process for the demolition and rehabilitation of Bernacchi Lodge has been advertised in today’s newspapers.

Tim Morris MP Greens Member for Lyons