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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

Wilderness Society welcomes Lake Malbena appeal

The Wilderness Society (TWS) has welcomed the apparent announcement by the proponent that he intends to appeal of the rejection of the Lake Malbena helicopter-accessed, luxury tourism proposal by Central Highlands Council. (The development was approved by state and federal assessments, with TWS challenging the federal approval in the Federal Court, but was required to also be considered by the local council.)

 

As it stands, the state-based Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) is a non-statutory process that does not guarantee public consultation and offers no community rights of appeal. Current intentions regarding the Statewide Planning Scheme is to remove local council engagement in development decisions in Tasmania’s reserves, if approved via an RAA.

 

“It is entirely within the right of the proponent to appeal this decision and we welcome the fact he has this ability,” said Tom Allen, acting campaign manager.

 

“It serves to highlight the failure of a state-based assessment that offers no such rights to the community, and the Hodgman Government’s intention to strip local council oversight from developments in parks and reserves.”

 

“The right of appeal was something not allowed with the Expression of interest Assessment or the RAA, an internal in-house departmental assessment from which the community was prevented from even seeing, let alone commenting on. And now we’re being told that communities should have a say with their councils either. It’s scary.

 

“Rights of appeal lead to better, more rigorous decisions because it effectively crowd-sources solutions from local knowledge. The RAA ignored or didn’t even seek the advice of Government’s own expert advisors, three of whom are now explicitly opposed to this proposal.

 

“This isn’t about opposing development, this is about doing wilderness tourism properly, transparently and responsibly. Yesterday in Bothwell, even the councillors who voted in favour of the proposal did so not because of its merits but because of the possible financial impact an appeal could have on the Council’s financial position.

 

“The proposed planning scheme provisions leaves councils and local communities worse off and, if the state government gets its way, the planning role of local councils will be entirely removed so that any shonky development simply gets up without any sort of community input,” said Mr Allen.

 

Here’s a summary of how we got here:

 

  • The Government approves Lake Malbena development via a secret, non-statutory Expression of Interest process (EOI);
  • On the basis of this assessment, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan is secretly and specifically changed to facilitate this proposal;
  • The Parks and Wildlife Service works with the proponent to complete Reserve Activity Assessment, with no assessment of impacts on World Heritage values like wilderness, no advice from the State’s own statutory advisory bodies (who oppose the proposal) and no opportunity for community consultation, this assessment was not publicly accessible until it was leaked. Approval is granted on the basis of compliance with the amended Management Plan;
  • The Federal Government waives through the development as not needing approval under Federal Environment law, against the advice of three statutory advisory bodies, the National parks and Wildlife Advisory council, the Australian Heritage Council and Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Council;
  • Local council rejects the Development Application, lamenting the failure of previous government assessment processes and citing non-compliance with the planning scheme.

 

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  1. Tim Deegan

    March 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Governments will allow anything as long as there is money for their salaries > Just look at the 5G mobile phone towers. zero biological testing and have approval . We are governed by corrupt idiots. Mr. Hackett reads the hut log book at 1am and discovers that people enjoy the original hut.of course they do but that is no reason to introduce helicopter flights to high paying clients for your benefit. These huts were made by our oldtimers ( trappers and hunters ) when they went hunting in the OLD days. Camping gear was nothing compared to today’s stuff and it also took A LOT longer time to get there compared to today Helicopter rides direct into the heart of our prime fisheries and wilderness Will introduce more disease to that area. International people bring all sorts of microscopic things on their clothing and boots. Now if you take them direct from Hobart into our prime wilderness then there is a good chance that it will be infected by disease.. root rot fungus as an example.. Why on earth does the wilderness society think this is a good thing is beyond me. They need to change their name by the sounds of it . The public turned out and showed their thoughts and was AGAINST this proposal. If Mr. Hackett thinks he has greeny opposition atm wait till future attempts like this and he will see them . they will be camping on the helipad . When i was younger i walked all over our western lakes even trips from Lake Augusta to Lake Rowallan needing to be picked up after exiting the other side . I STRONGLY OPPOSE the whole idea of commercial huts and rapid transportation to these areas. They are wilderness because people are not there. Mr. Hackett just needs to get some tents and walk in with his customers LIKE ALL THE REST OF US DO . If you think you are going to destroy our World Class Fisheries Experience for your profit you have another thing coming Mr Hackett.. You will see just how green most of us are.. 240 heli trips per year ( what a joke ) . This will destroy the experience of the people that care and love this world class AMAZING location .Our western lakes are the most beautiful thing i have seen in the world. I have spent many nights and days travelling from lake to lake by WALKING with a backpack and fishing rod.. I have loads of photo albums of my trips and always enjoy looking through them.. I only heard about this 2 weeks ago and was disgusted by this proposal. Mr. Hackett is profit over protection and the people opinions

  2. Emmanuel Goldstein

    February 28, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Tasmania requires a functioning, standing commission for corruption. The previous National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) chief ranger resigned when it came to light he had perverted the multi million dollar Maria Island ferry contract, no disciplinary action or investigation was undertaken, he was simply permitted to resign in secret whilst NPWS/DPIPWE announced a ‘retirement’. An enquiry could investigate just who in our NPWS has been advising proponents of these thefts of taxpayer funds and property veiled as tourism proposals. Also how friends and relatives of Ministers have benefitted directly from departmental decisions.

  3. David

    February 28, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Something is rotten in the state of Tasmania.

  4. Geoff Holloway

    February 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    The Parks, Wildlife & Tourism Service should be held accountable, instead of hiding under the convention that government ministers are always to blame.

  5. John VanderNiet

    February 28, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    It’s appalling. It’s as if the current Federal and State governments have no interest whatsoever in serving their true constituency, the people, and instead see their allegiance as being to their ideology and business associates.

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