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

Postby Lophophaps » Sat 11 May, 2019 10:10 am

bushwalker zane wrote:And please remember to spread this message far and wide, email your friends who might be on the fringe of the issue. Ask them to spread the message too! Like so many people have said, this is the time to stand. Imagine if the proposal goes through, and in a few years there are proposals coming out our ears trying to damage our wild places. Wouldn't it be sad to sit there and think "I could have done something about this".

The internet has given us a powerful tool for this sort of thing, so bushwalker Zane has good advice: tell people. It's not just a small island in Tasmania. A successful appeal will be a legal precedent, used by other governments to justify rezoning and even excising parts of national parks and WHAs.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Mon 13 May, 2019 2:53 pm

A couple pics from the Hobart rally. Some good speeches but a disappointingly small crowd. The ramifications of this will be so far reaching if it's not stopped. Please bushwalkers, get active!!
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby lefroy » Mon 13 May, 2019 8:42 pm

Well done on the organisation of Saturday's rally, it was good to hear Labour are taking an interest in the failing EPA process, and also to point out without a doubt that the liberals see Tasmanian wilderness as as prime realestate and will happily change the rules to ensure they do everything they can to spite the left. It is sad to hear rambling voices claim that the Greens want to 'lock up' our state when it is these wild areas that are being 'locked up' by our government unless you have a few thousand to throw around...
I urge people to get along to these events where possible, it falls on deaf ears with our current government sadly but definitely interests the center left.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bushwalker zane » Thu 16 May, 2019 8:08 am

stepbystep wrote:A couple pics from the Hobart rally. Some good speeches but a disappointingly small crowd. The ramifications of this will be so far reaching if it's not stopped. Please bushwalkers, get active!!


Some good shots there. I saw a summary on the news that night and noticed how not huge the crowd was. I really wanted to make it, but was stuck on a redline coach that arrived in Hobart just in time for the event to finish :(
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Budgie » Wed 29 May, 2019 4:15 pm

Totally agree with Zane - we need to spread the message around the country!
EDO Tasmania has done a lot of work on this proposal - there's lots of background on their website: http://www.edotas.org.au
The Federal Government withdrew funding to all EDOs a few years ago, so they are financially stretched, and also seeking funding to support this case:
https://www.givenow.com.au/edotas_malbena
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Fri 31 May, 2019 5:48 pm

Wilderness management plan will identify tourism opportunities
The authors of a tourism master plan for Tasmania’s protected wilderness will go a step further than required by UNESCO and identify new opportunities for development.
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THE authors of a delayed tourism master plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area will identify new opportunities for tourism development within the protected land.

An update on the progress of the long-awaited World Heritage Area tourism master plan showed that the document — expected by the end of this year — will not only provide strategic guidance for operators looking to work in the zone but identify further opportunities for tourism development, including new experiences and sites.

The draft tourism master plan would be placed on public exhibition once it had been endorsed by state and federal governments, the ERA Planning update said.

“[The draft document] will … provide clarity on the tourism experiences and sites, their prioritisation in terms of management and planning, the level of services within each area of the TWWHA, together with investment needs and priorities,” the update said.

“The draft tourism master plan will need to provide clarity to ensure that the enhancement of existing sites, together with the identification of new experiences and sites, will achieve sustainable growth in tourism visitation and development and maintain and enhance the TWWHA natural and cultural [universal outstanding values].”

UNESCO in 2015 requested the State Government deliver a tourism master plan to guide tourism development within the World Heritage Area.

The body last year listed the impacts of tourism, visitation and recreation as among threats faced by the area, which accounts for about one-fifth of the state.

Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said the update released this week by project leaders ERA Planning “confirm this is all about continued commercial exploitation of the wilderness”.

“The objective must be to protect the TWWHA’s values for all to enjoy but it’s clearly not,” Ms O’Connor said.

“It’s about private profit.”

In recommending the development of a tourism master plan, UNESCO called for the development of “strict criteria for tourism development … which would be in line with the primary goal of protecting the property’s [outstanding universal values]”.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnrs » Fri 31 May, 2019 5:54 pm

Hi Stepbystep
The Tassie National Parks Association and others have announced a boycott of the consultation for the wilderness tourism plan,
citing issues with process,
see here viewtopic.php?f=3&t=17410&start=300#p375709
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Fri 31 May, 2019 7:01 pm

johnrs wrote:Hi Stepbystep
The Tassie National Parks Association and others have announced a boycott of the consultation for the wilderness tourism plan,
citing issues with process,
see here viewtopic.php?f=3&t=17410&start=300#p375709
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Yep. Desperate times, sadly.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnrs » Mon 17 Jun, 2019 1:15 pm

Tasmanian National Parks Association
15 June at 13:07 ·
There are many components to the Lake Malbena issue. We have prepared a background and summary to describe how we got to a hearing in the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal. This is not just an appeal about a tourism development in a Tasmanian national park. We anticipate that the outcome will set a national precedent.
And we still urgently need donations to help pay for this appeal - https://tnpa.org.au/donate/
Fishers & Walkers Against Helicopter Access Tasmania
The Wilderness Society Tasmania
Tasmanian Conservation Trust
EDO Tasmania - Environmental Defenders Office Tasmania
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnw » Mon 17 Jun, 2019 1:32 pm

johnrs wrote:Tasmanian National Parks Association
15 June at 13:07 ·
There are many components to the Lake Malbena issue. We have prepared a background and summary to describe how we got to a hearing in the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal. This is not just an appeal about a tourism development in a Tasmanian national park. We anticipate that the outcome will set a national precedent.
And we still urgently need donations to help pay for this appeal - https://tnpa.org.au/donate/
Fishers & Walkers Against Helicopter Access Tasmania
The Wilderness Society Tasmania
Tasmanian Conservation Trust
EDO Tasmania - Environmental Defenders Office Tasmania

I agree that this is an important issue for both Tasmania and the rest of Australia.
Like many others I made a submission to Central Highlands Council, and their positive decision has resulted in the upcoming tribunal hearing. So I felt compelled to support it financially, if only in a small way. I noticed that TNPA appeal needs to raise $50K and they are currently just over half way. With EOFY approaching, if you can afford it please consider making a tax deductible donation over $2.
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