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

Postby bushwalker zane » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 11:39 pm

Nuts wrote:He works as a private huts guide yeah? (ps. nice writings)


He does, yep.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Richard W » Sat 14 Sep, 2019 4:22 pm

For anyone following this story, the RMPAT decision was due yesterday, but has been extended to September 30.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Lophophaps » Sat 14 Sep, 2019 6:47 pm

TNPA advises:
"We had hoped to bring you an update on the Lake Malbena situation about now but the decision of the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) has been postponed until 30 September due to ‘the complexity of this appeal and the existing workload of the Chairperson’. Further slippage of the scheduled announcement date would not be surprising. As soon as possible after the decision is announced we will distribute a Buttongrass Bulletin dedicated to summarising the RMPAT decision and its implications."
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bushwalker zane » Thu 26 Sep, 2019 8:23 am

From TNPA

"The Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal has, with the consent of all parties, extended the deadline for its decision on the Lake Malbena planning appeal from 30 September 2019 to 21 October 2019."
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Mon 21 Oct, 2019 4:51 pm

Rumour has it the appeal has been successful and the development can proceed. I will post an update once more info has been made available.

from RMPAT

Important Notice regarding the Lake Malbena decision
The Tribunal has sent its determination with respect to appeal 20/19P (Halls Island, Lake Malbena, Walls of Jerusalem National Park) to the parties to this appeal at 4:15pm on 21 October 2019.

As a courtesy to the parties to the proceedings, to allow them an opportunity to consider the determination, the Tribunal Registry will make the decision available to the general public and media at 8:45am Tuesday, 22 October 2019. The parties to the proceedings are at liberty to distribute the decision before then if they so choose.

https://www.examiner.com.au/story/64502 ... nal/?cs=12

expect to see more later tonight or tomorrow
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby myrtlegirl » Mon 21 Oct, 2019 6:38 pm

From The Mercury this evening:

THE proponents of a tourism development at Lake Malbena say they have received notification that the project can proceed, after they appealed against a Central Highlands Council determination to reject it.

Daniel and Simone Hackett appealed against the council’s decision to knock back their plans for a helicopter-accessed standing camp on Halls Island, on Lake Malbena, which is in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The council rejected the project against the advice of its planner and despite previous state and federal government approvals.

The Hacketts said they had received a decision today from the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal.

The decision has not yet been publicly released.


“Simone and I welcome the successful appeal decision from Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, again confirming that the Lake Malbena project is compliant with local planning scheme provisions,” Mr Hackett said in a statement.

“We are proud of what we have achieved, designing a small-scale, sensitive proposal that has passed the highest levels of scientific scrutiny ever applied to an Australia tourism project.”

Mr Hackett said the project could be delivered without significant impacts on other users or the environment.

Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Peter Gutwein said the Government welcomed the tribunal’s decision.


“[The decision] enables the development to proceed and is a positive endorsement of the Government’s Expressions of Interest initiative,” Mr Gutwein said.

He said the Government would review the tribunal’s full findings.


The proposal is for up to 240 flights carrying tourists into the Walls of Jerusalem National Park over 60 days each year.

He said there would be no commercial operations for 240 days a year, and no helicopter use for more than 305 days a year.

“With a development application now approved, we look forward to quickly moving on with the project and delivering a small-scale, high-value project that protects and celebrates an amazing Tasmanian story: the birthplace of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.”

Central Highlands Council received 1344 submissions lobbying against the Hacketts’ application.

Tribunal hearings occurred earlier this year and included parties defending the decision, including the council, the Wilderness Society Tasmania and Tasmanian National Parks Association.


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

Postby dee_legg » Mon 21 Oct, 2019 6:57 pm

Le sigh indeed.
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Postby lefroy » Mon 21 Oct, 2019 6:59 pm

Of course it becomes a face saving exercise for our corrupt government, disgusting...
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 21 Oct, 2019 7:27 pm

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

Postby peregrinator » Mon 21 Oct, 2019 7:28 pm

Where is this happening? The Walls of Hades De-Nationalised Park?
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bushwalker zane » Tue 22 Oct, 2019 5:21 am

... Far out :cry:
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Son of a Beach » Tue 22 Oct, 2019 7:21 am

It's a sad day for Tasmania when building a hotel in a World Heritage (formerly) "wilderness" area is approved. So sad for our society. So frightening for what this means for the rest of our national parks. If it can happen on Halls Island, how can it be stopped from happening anywhere in a Tasmanian "national park"?

Very upset here!
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Tue 22 Oct, 2019 10:21 am

Stay positive, this fight is far from over.

Media Release from FAWAHA

MEDIA RELEASE - FISHERS AND WALKERS - Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal decision

FAWAHA expresses great disappointment at the decision handed down by the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal decision.

This is a decision that has sadly rubber stamped a corrupt and secretive EOI process albeit temporarily. The Hall’s island development was only possible because a popular community endorsed management plan was changed behind closed doors. This development and any like it have no social licence and the government/developers have known this for a long time, yet have pushed on to satisfy their own greedy parasitic relationship with the TWWHA. To take and destroy not only from the wilderness values of the area, but the experience of all other stakeholders in the process.

But this is not the end, we will continue to fight and undertake direct action in response to the development. Developments have been approved and stopped before. These developments will be extremely unpopular with many anglers across Tasmania, in fact the vast majority. The World Fly Fishing championships are coming up and this is not an ideal situation to have, where anglers are at heated odds with the state government over its direction towards private developments within the Western lakes Wilderness fishery, our public land.

We will distribute bumper stickers, look at options to boycott various events and continue to hold more demonstrations opposing the development. We must remember the secretive and corrupt process that has allowed this development to happen and remind the State government at the next election exactly what we think of their EOI process.

It’s not over until the first chopper lands and we won’t give up.

And we have one last message for any other private developers who may have their sights set on flying helicopters into the western lakes or further privatising public land, we will be ready to fight and you will be extremely unpopular with the recreational fishing community!

More to come soon, Keep the Western Lakes Wild!!
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Tue 22 Oct, 2019 1:59 pm

Here is the RMPAT document
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