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South Coast Track "development"

Postby stepbystep » Tue 19 Dec, 2017 2:30 pm

Press release today....



19 December 2017

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks
Two new exciting proposals to boost tourism
The Hodgman Liberal Government is continuing to unlock new opportunities for sensitive and appropriate tourism developments in our stunning natural areas.
I am pleased to announce two new projects from award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone have progressed to lease and licence negotiations under our Tourism Opportunities in National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.
A new iconic walking experience in the Southwest National Park has been proposed that will see small groups of visitors fly to Melaleuca and walk the South Coast Track over seven days.
Six huts will be built along the 86km track that are designed to be environmentally sensitive, with a minimal footprint to ensure other park users will not be aware of their presence.
If approved, the walk will complement Mr Johnstone’s proposal for an overnight guided walk to the South East Cape that is also currently progressing through lease and licence negotiations.
Both proposals are consistent with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan and will need to obtain all relevant Commonwealth and statutory approvals before progressing.
The second project is an overnight experience on Maria Island that will deliver a new overnight visitor journey focusing on the island’s abundant wildlife and multi-layered history. It would also showcase Tasmania’s wonderful food and wine offerings.
The experience will be based around the World Heritage listed Darlington precinct and will involve the sensitive rebuilding of the historic Adkins House as an overnight accommodation base for guests.
It’s yet another example of how the Government is delivering jobs and an economic boost to our regions while preserving our wonderful natural areas for future generations.
Importantly, projects like this are only possible under a majority Hodgman Liberal Government. If Labor are elected in minority, they will bow to the Greens’ wishes and ban investment in our natural areas, despite the positive impact on jobs and local businesses that these proposals will have across the State.
The contrast couldn’t be clearer. We have a goal to increase visitor overnight stays in regional areas by 70 per cent by 2022 and these projects, pending approval, will entice tourists to stay longer in these areas while supporting jobs and providing a welcome economic boost to local businesses.
Contact: Chris Medhurst
Phone: 0410600400

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Re: South Coast Track "development"

Postby potato » Tue 19 Dec, 2017 2:44 pm

Subscribed and thanks for the info. This is terrible news.
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Postby Guido » Tue 19 Dec, 2017 5:41 pm

Thanks for the update. I'm walking the SCT next month (been wanting to do it for 20 years now). Hope I'm just in time before the helicopters come.

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Postby iaindtiler » Tue 19 Dec, 2017 5:57 pm

The peace and tranquility will be lost to the greed of chasing the $$. That is not what the Tasmanian Wilderness should be about
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Postby weetbix456 » Tue 19 Dec, 2017 6:17 pm

Ahhh for %%$$$ sake!! No new huts!!!!
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Postby ILUVSWTAS » Tue 19 Dec, 2017 6:26 pm

I dont hate the Maria island plan, but the one on the SCT is very sad news indeed. Hopefully it wont push more people into some of the less visited walks nearby........
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Postby Hermione » Wed 20 Dec, 2017 4:56 am

Grrrrrrr!!!!!
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Postby north-north-west » Wed 20 Dec, 2017 9:34 am

:x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x
The fact that they're still pushing ahead with the South East Cape proposal shows just how little concern they have for both the environment and reality. We're still waiting to be shown this 'existing track' that goes out there.
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Postby frenchy_84 » Wed 20 Dec, 2017 12:55 pm

Something i found interesting was this link from Sydney Morning Herald page, http://www.traveller.com.au/tasmanias-1 ... ers-h03mmv Looks like Tourism Tas is marketing on our wilderness values (fair enough) however one of their "top 10" locations is Lake Rhona! Surely advertising a walk which is deemed in a wilderness management plan to be too wild for a toilet would mean its against policy to advertise it in one of Australias largest papers?
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Postby aNomaly » Fri 22 Dec, 2017 6:34 pm

This brought tears to my eyes.
Could be my annoyingly optimistic outlook (or simplistic mind) - but I really thought it wasn't going to go ahead.

Why isn't money being sunk into the Tarkine as a tourist wilderness destination?
There are already tracks from forestry, mining, and explorative missions.. great boost for the towns in the area as well to combat mining/forestry loss.. and plenty of wilderness which needs to be experienced in order to be protected.
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Postby stepbystep » Fri 22 Dec, 2017 9:19 pm

aNomaly wrote:Why isn't money being sunk into the Tarkine as a tourist wilderness destination?
There are already tracks from forestry, mining, and explorative missions.. great boost for the towns in the area as well to combat mining/forestry loss.. and plenty of wilderness which needs to be experienced in order to be protected.


I'm glad someone else said that! The governments dismissal of the Trans Tarkine Track proposal perfectly illustrates how little they actually care about the economic prospects for the NW...
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Postby Nuts » Sun 24 Dec, 2017 9:21 am

stepbystep wrote:Press release today....
"Importantly, projects like this are only possible under a majority Hodgman Liberal Government. If Labor are elected in minority, they will bow to the Greens’ wishes and ban investment in our natural areas, despite the positive impact on jobs and local businesses that these proposals will have across the State"


And there it is, a way forward. A cost for fast-tracking community consultation, ignoring concerns of traditional users, irresponsibly re-imagining 'sustainable' tourism.
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Re: South Coast Track "development"

Postby GraemeSpedding » Fri 29 Dec, 2017 9:53 pm

stepbystep wrote:Press release today....

Awful news, a retrograde step that endangers all the wilderness values of this area. walking the track next week...for the 7th? and last time by the looks of it.
Disgraceful.
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19 December 2017

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks
Two new exciting proposals to boost tourism
The Hodgman Liberal Government is continuing to unlock new opportunities for sensitive and appropriate tourism developments in our stunning natural areas.
I am pleased to announce two new projects from award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone have progressed to lease and licence negotiations under our Tourism Opportunities in National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.
A new iconic walking experience in the Southwest National Park has been proposed that will see small groups of visitors fly to Melaleuca and walk the South Coast Track over seven days.
Six huts will be built along the 86km track that are designed to be environmentally sensitive, with a minimal footprint to ensure other park users will not be aware of their presence.
If approved, the walk will complement Mr Johnstone’s proposal for an overnight guided walk to the South East Cape that is also currently progressing through lease and licence negotiations.
Both proposals are consistent with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan and will need to obtain all relevant Commonwealth and statutory approvals before progressing.
The second project is an overnight experience on Maria Island that will deliver a new overnight visitor journey focusing on the island’s abundant wildlife and multi-layered history. It would also showcase Tasmania’s wonderful food and wine offerings.
The experience will be based around the World Heritage listed Darlington precinct and will involve the sensitive rebuilding of the historic Adkins House as an overnight accommodation base for guests.
It’s yet another example of how the Government is delivering jobs and an economic boost to our regions while preserving our wonderful natural areas for future generations.
Importantly, projects like this are only possible under a majority Hodgman Liberal Government. If Labor are elected in minority, they will bow to the Greens’ wishes and ban investment in our natural areas, despite the positive impact on jobs and local businesses that these proposals will have across the State.
The contrast couldn’t be clearer. We have a goal to increase visitor overnight stays in regional areas by 70 per cent by 2022 and these projects, pending approval, will entice tourists to stay longer in these areas while supporting jobs and providing a welcome economic boost to local businesses.
Contact: Chris Medhurst
Phone: 0410600400

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