Will Hodgman, Premier & Minister for Parks

The Government is disappointed in today’s outcome which saw Central Highland’s Councillors vote against the advice of its own planners.

The role of Council is to assess the development application in accordance with the relevant planning scheme provisions. Other approval processes are not a matter for Council.

This proposal has been subject to rigorous assessment by the Commonwealth, including consideration of over several hundred public and expert submissions, and found that it will not impact on matters of National Environmental Significance.

The Government understands there are strong grounds to appeal the decision given the Council’s own planning advice that the proposal complies with the local planning scheme.

The Government will continue to back tourism operators who are willing to put up their own time, effort and money in order to develop new and exciting tourism ideas that are compatible with our natural and cultural values, and that benefit local communities.