Tasmanian Times

Media Release

Maria Island Pledge

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Maria Island is a unique place and it deserves to be preserved and protected. The Greens have been its consistent advocate.

 

I am proud to take on the Maria Island Pledge on behalf of the Tasmanian Greens.

 

The Liberals’ pledge to keep Maria Island ‘wild and pristine’, however, is hypocritical in the extreme. This is the same government who have put the National Park’s wildness and pristine state at risk by simultaneously increasing visitor numbers and starving Parks and Wildlife of resources.

 

In 2018, the Hodgman Government pumped more and more tourists into our state’s protected areas without a fig for their impact on natural and heritage values. This is a government that puts corporate profit over the environment and heritage every time.

 

The Deputy Premier’s comments about a Maria Island pledge are particularly hard to stomach, given he was the person who approved the Okehampton Bay fish farm. One of the very large concerns about this salmon farm was the impact on Maria Island’s marine park and World Heritage values.

 

We congratulate and support the East Coast community for doing what they can to keep their place protected from thoughtless tourists. It is deeply disappointing it’s the community who has to step in and protect Maria Island because of the Hodgman Government’s inaction.

 

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Mjf

    December 22, 2018 at 8:06 am

    I’m wondering how Maria Island could be described as ‘wild and pristine’ to start with. It was pretty dumb of the government to come up with this gem, and even sillier for The Greens to regurgitate it.

    Maybe Woodruff could do something useful like publishing Tassal’s executed EIS and EMP for the Oakhampton site which should document associated environmental and WH values with the aspects, impacts and agreed procedures to manage/conserve. Agreed that is, by Wes Ford and his minions.

    And while she’s at it, provide the same docs from fish farmers in Macquarie Harbour so we know how they are managing and conserving the listed Maugean Skate within and around their leases .. the same species that UTas is currently studying to confirm how recent changes in the harbour conditions are impacting the population and distribution.

    Recent changes ? There’s a clue. What do the aquaculturists official and approved management plans say about it all ? If the docs are worth the paper they’re written on, any potential problem in terms of the skate should be identified and managed.

  2. Realist

    December 21, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    ”One of the very large concerns about this salmon farm was the impact on Maria Island’s marine park and World Heritage values.”
    Um, there has been a marine farm lease sited at Oakhampton Bay since before the marine park was established. And pray tell how a fish farm can affect buildings, which are in fact Maria’s World Heritage values??

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