The destruction of the Tahune Airwalk and the burning of the southern forests is a classic case of the risks of building commercial tourism assets within fire dependent/prone native vegetation.

The Tahune Airwalk is now a liability to Tasmanian taxpayers.

The tall trees and tall forest that were the attraction at Tahune are now dead.

And what about the magnificent Huon pines growing along the Huon River?

One assumes they are now dead also.

Tourists wont be going back to Tahune any time soon. All of the natural attractions are now gone.

The company that owns the Airwalk will declare bankruptcy and walk away, leaving a mess for Tasmanian taxpayers to clean up.

What other existing and planned tourism assets in Tasmanian public forest risk a similar fate?

The Mt Wellington Cable Car is certainly in the firing line – pun intended!

All of these developments pose a significant financial risk to Tasmanian taxpayers.

The Tahune Airwalk is just the first of many liabilities that await us in a hotter, drier future.


Gordon Bradbury is a long time resident of Tasmania and close observer of the local political and business classes