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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bushwalker zane » Mon 11 Feb, 2019 7:19 am

I also received that email. I will be working on the 26th :( I wish I could go, the more numbers to meetings like this the better.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Wed 13 Feb, 2019 12:50 pm

Investors in Wild Drake Pty Ltd.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby myrtlegirl » Sun 17 Feb, 2019 12:32 pm

bogholesbuckethats wrote:Investors in Wild Drake Pty Ltd.


Thanks for that BHBH.

So these are the ASIC listed investors in Wild Drake, which has 460,000 shares (share value not known):

- Daniel Hackett has 63.1% of the shares, which are non-beneficially held (i.e. he holds the shares for the benefit of someone else).

- Anne Florence Downie has 8.7% of the shares, beneficially held. A Google search throws up this name in association with long-held family farm properties in the Central highlands.

- Neville John and Dorothy Mary Topfer hold 14.1% of the shares, also non-beneficial. Mr Topfer's name comes up as being a lawyer for several decades. Ms Topfer may be an author.

- Nicholas Lindsay and Victoria Sandra D'Antoine hold 14.1%, of the shares, also non-beneficial. Mr D'Antoine may be a grazier and charity donor.

It's quite interesting that over 90% of the shares are held by 'front-men'.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Thu 21 Feb, 2019 9:12 am

Halls Island rezoned after tourism proposal received
EMILY BAKER, State Political Reporter, Mercury
February 20, 2019 9:04pm
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A PROPOSAL for a luxury standing camp on an island within the Wilderness World Heritage Area partly led to that area being rezoned to allow for development, new documents reveal.

Emails released to the Mercury under Right to Information laws show the Tasmanian Government rezoned Halls Island in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park from “wilderness” to “self-reliant recreation” in 2016 specifically because it had received a proposal for the helicopter-accessed tourism development on the Lake Malbena site.

Emails sent in late 2016 show the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment told its federal counterparts it had changed the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area management plan “to allow for development proposals submitted through ... [the State Government’s expressions of interest] process”.

All eco-tourism proposals that benefited from the TWWHA boundary changes — except for Halls Island — were redacted in the documents given to the Mercury. The State Government on Wednesday did not answer where else within the TWWHA had been rezoned.

An email sent last year from a DPIPWE staff member to employees within the department’s media team said the agency believed it was not appropriate to class Halls Island as wilderness because of a longstanding lease on the site and the presence of an existing historic hut.

“In addition, as the proposal had passed through the first stage of the [expressions of interest] process ... this was sufficient for the concept to be regarded as something that should be allowed for under the planning settings of the new TWWHA plan, noting that it would need to undergo an assessment,” the email said.


An artist’s impression of one of the huts in the proposed Lake Malbena eco-tourism standing camp. Picture: CUMULUS STUDIO
The Halls Island proposal was ultimately approved by the Federal Environment Department last year against the advice of national heritage and Aboriginal advisory bodies partly because the area was zoned “self-reliant recreation” rather than “wilderness”.

Halls Island proponent Daniel Hackett said the emails suggested the rezoning had received the tick of approval from then-federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg and was therefore “correct and appropriate”.

“To paraphrase Bob Brown, ‘wilderness and huts is a non-sequitur’; it is a contradiction to have wilderness, an existing hut, landscape modification and a long history of use occurring in the same location,” Mr Hackett said on Wednesday.


Halls Island development proponents Simone and Daniel Hackett.
“The minor boundary modification obviously addressed this and recognised Halls Island for what it is.”

But Tasmanian Labor senator Anne Urquhart labelled the “circular process [of approval] ... comical”.

“The Commonwealth Government must urgently have a fresh look at the project and examine if actions are permissible within the wilderness zone,” Senator Urquart said.

The Wilderness Society, which is challenging the Federal Government’s process of approving the development next month in the Federal Court, called on Premier, Parks, Tourism and Heritage Minister Will Hodgman to pause assessments under way through the Liberals’ expressions of interest process until the TWWHA tourism master plan was complete.

The contract for that document was awarded in late December last year.

Wilderness Society acting state campaign manager Tom Allen said: “These emails confirm that the Government secretly changed the rules for managing World Heritage wilderness and that private commercial developments for vested interests are driving planning decisions, instead of the protection of natural and cultural heritage values.”

Tasmanian Greens Senator Nick McKim accused the Liberals of “putting profit over environment”.

“This is an outrageous abuse of the responsibility that governments have to look after one of the most precious wilderness areas in the world,” Senator McKim said.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnrs » Thu 21 Feb, 2019 11:52 am

So Folks
Who are the mysterious backers?
and who did the high level lobbying of government?
And what will this all be worth to those backers when its onsold?
Some pretty fancy financial footwork here,
exempting some land then privatising the value created by the surrounding world heritage area
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Paul » Thu 21 Feb, 2019 12:34 pm

I know of a grazier in the Epping Forest area who has been heavily involved with Government previously !!!!!!

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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Son of a Beach » Thu 21 Feb, 2019 3:12 pm

johnrs wrote:So Folks
Who are the mysterious backers?
and who did the high level lobbying of government?
And what will this all be worth to those backers when its onsold?
Some pretty fancy financial footwork here,
exempting some land then privatising the value created by the surrounding world heritage area
John


Who has a reputation or history of:
  • Manipulating the Tasmanian government into changing policies to suit their purposes
  • Inexplicable secret back-room deals with the Tasmanian government to get exclusive rights
  • Providing exclusive holiday/accommodation services in Tasmania for exceedingly wealthy people
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Paul » Thu 21 Feb, 2019 9:10 pm

It could be someone who has commercial developments and is also on the Tourism Council !!!!!

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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Thu 21 Feb, 2019 9:30 pm

Big tick for wilderness island camp plans on Lake Malbena
EMILY BAKER, State Political Editor, Mercury
February 21, 2019 8:16pm
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THE Central Highlands Council looks set to approve a luxury standing camp development proposed for World Heritage-listed wilderness in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Documents released ahead of next week’s vote on the Lake Malbena development show council contract planner Jacqui Tyson has recommended conditional approval of Wild Drake’s proposed helicopter-accessed standing camp because it substantially complied with the area’s planning scheme.

That was largely because it was allowed under the broader Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area management plan. That plan, the Mercury revealed on Thursday, was amended by the State Government in 2016 — specifically to allow for the Lake Malbena proposal.

The documents show the Central Highlands Council received 1346 representations on the proposed development, which would have four huts erected on Halls Island on Lake Malbena, and up to 240 helicopter flights scheduled into the Walls of Jerusalem each year.

Only two of the submissions were in support of the proposal.

A suggested approval condition was that the proposed helicopter landing site on the mainland near Halls Island be used only in association with the standing camp.

“Helicopters and the helicopter landing site must not be used for any other purpose and must altogether cease if the visitor accommodation use ends,” the agenda said.

As well, Ms Tyson recommended that the proponents would have to rehabilitate the site as necessary were the venture to end.

The bulk of objections to the proposal were assessed as outside the council’s remit.

“The majority of concerns raised in the very high number of representations … focus on whether or not the proposal should happen at all in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area,” the agenda said.

“This is a decision made by the Parks and Wildlife Service and the State Government as landowner.”

The proposal has received the go-ahead from the state and federal governments, but the Wilderness Society is challenging the federal Environment Department’s process of approval in the Federal Court next month.

The Central Highlands Council document said the development would not be able to proceed until that appeal was determined. The council’s special meeting will be held Tuesday in Bothwell.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnrs » Fri 22 Feb, 2019 4:15 pm

This is getting worse now.
There are indications that ther council process is a sham

See Greg Fench's comments from the Fly Life forums

Greg French replied: Why can't wilderness just be sacred... LAKE MALBENA!
The planner has had a maximum of 4 days since the close of submissions to consider the Malbena DA. Does anyone seriously believe that 1346 submissions (1344 against the proposal) can even be read in that time, let alone considered? The planner has stated that most of the submissions were outside the ‘remit’ of the DA process, but I can tell you categorically that many referred specifically to shortcomings in the DA itself. None of these shortcomings has been acknowledged.

To put the overwhelming nature of response to the Malbena DA in context, it has been widely reported that the Royal Commission into banking received just 10,000 responses across all of Australia. I’ve spent a lot of time in wilderness management, and as far as I can tell the Malbena response is unprecedented for an ‘insignificant development’ in a ‘rarely visited’ corner of wilderness. This is because everyone knows that it is really the beginning of the end of our national park system. The precedents mean that the minister alone is now free to rezone and privatise whatever part of the WHA he likes without consultation with anyone at all.

The bulk of the CHC decision says that the DA has been approved because it was already approved in the PWS’s RAA process. That was also the rationale in the EPBC process. It’s so circular as to be comical. Why ask for new submissions at all? Especially if you are not going to table the main objections and publically address them? The council has a legal (not just moral) obligation to consider all submissions, but apparently due process is an old fashioned concept.

This, then, is how democracy is destroyed in the era of Trump. The state government and the proponent are complicit and need to be held to account.

The battle is far from over, however. The council has to vote, and we only have to win over one or two votes to sway things in the favour of due process. I urge everyone to phone all the councillors individually – this really can make a difference! (All the councillors’ phone numbers are on the Central Highlands Council website.)

Remember too that the special meeting of council which decides the fate of the DA will be held at Bothwell on Tuesday 26 February (next week). It’s a public meeting and respondents to the DA have been invited to talk (under strict conditions). It needs to be treated as a rally – be there. Again numbers will count, both to influence wavering councillors and also to impress upon state and federal politicians that this issue matters. (There is a federal election looming, and if the Liberals win it’s open slather for development right across the Western Lakes.)

If the council approves the DA, there is a right of appeal. This is the form explaining the process:

www.rmpat.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_ ... l-LUPA.pdf

The appeal will cost money – a nominal application fee plus representation (lawyer) costs. But if one person lodges an appeal, others can add their voices to it. There are lots of grounds for appeal, and we would probably win.

I simply don’t have the means to pay for an appeal myself, so I’m imploring someone else to put their hand up. Any takers?
Maybe crowdsourcing??
Anyone with any expericence with this??

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