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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Lake Malbena – fundamental error in key assessment document requires review of approval

The Wilderness Society yesterday released an expert assessment of the effect of the Lake Malbena development on wilderness values. It shows substantial impacts from the establishment of a new point of commercial helicopter (i.e. public) access.

This is the study that the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service (PWS) should have conducted to comply with the requirements of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 2016.

This is what PWS actually stated in the formal assessment of the proposal (the Reserve Activity Assessment, or RAA) –

Likely Impact: Low level impact. Wilderness qualities may be improved by eliminating seasonal tree (firewood) harvesting by unauthorised users of the existing Halls Hut.

The reference to the essentially irrelevant issue of firewood collection only serves to emphasise how the RAA has completely missed the key point – remoteness from access is a major aspect of wilderness character and the proposal’s helicopter landing site would provide a new access point into an otherwise remote area!

Yet the RAA is the official statement that the proposal is compliant with the Management Plan. It is the key document that underpins both State and Commonwealth approvals. The RAA must be rewritten to correct this glaring error (and address some other major issues that were overlooked).

See http://tnpa.org.au/lake-malbena-assessment-who-is-responsible-for-what/

This should lead to the rejection of the proposal.

Nicholas Sawyer is President, Tasmanian National Parks Association Inc

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  1. Wining Pom

    November 27, 2018 at 11:57 am

    We had a holiday in Hawaii last year. Great place. Went around to see the sites and had a very nice walk along some cliffs. The thing I remember most was the helicopters. I just could not imagine the Walls of Jerusalem with that noise going on. It is such a special place … the peace, the tranquility. Helicopters would make it not worth visiting.

    And why would folk want to see wilderness by helicopter? A bit like going to a 5 star restaurant and asking for tomato sauce.

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