A large red banner reading “Keep Tasmania Wild” has been unfurled tonight during the Australian Tourism Awards ceremony from the iconic Alexandra Suspension Bridge in Launceston’s Cataract Gorge.
Two Northern Tasmanian outdoor professionals, Kenna Reid Clark and Alisha Lawton, abseiled underneath the bridge to highlight that not all tourism proposals are welcome and that Tasmania needs to be kept Wild.
“Tonight’s demonstration is against the unprecedented wave of private developments threatening World Heritage Areas and National Parks due to the Tasmanian Government’s shambolic expressions of interest process. Many of these developments go against World Heritage principles, negatively affect the natural values of globally unique areas and undermine Tasmania’s renowned tourism industry” said Mr Reid Clark.
“The Tasmanian Government is continuing to show a complete lack of respect to the wild places that are the backbone of the Tasmanian way of life. We love this island, it’s our home and what we have here needs solid protection from private developers who are seeking to exploit public reserves for their own benefit,” concluded Miss Lawton.