For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Mon 16 Mar, 2020 5:46 pm


Fed Govt tight-lipped on $3M for private project in Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness
Taxpayers will stump up half of the cash towards the estimated $5.9 million to build six huts on a track in the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness.

DAVID KILLICK, Mercury


THE Federal Government is refusing to release the details of a multimillion-dollar grant made to a private developer seeking to build huts in a wilderness area under a discredited grants scheme.

Taxpayers will stump up $2.95 million towards the estimated $5.9 million to build six huts along the South Coast Track in the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness.

The developer behind the award-winning Maria Island Walk, Ian Johnstone is negotiating with the State Government for the exclusive rights to build and operate the huts under the controversial Expressions of Interest process.


“It provides a new opportunity for people to walk in this remarkable wilderness in safety and without having to carry a heavy pack,” the project blurb says.

The grant was provided under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program — another federal government grants scheme which has come under fire for “administrative shortcomings” by the Australian National Audit Office.

Greens Senator Nick McKim has attempted to uncover details of the grant through the Senate Estimates Committee process, to no avail.

“The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science who manage the grant agreement on the Department’s behalf advise that they cannot provide a copy of the application and/or the grant agreement without the other grantee’s consent unless required or authorised by law or Parliament to disclose,” came the reply to questions.

Senator McKim said “the Liberals don’t understand the value of public spaces, public money and public accountability,” he said.

“Tasmanians deserve to know the terms of the agreement. After all, it’s their land that’s being privatised, and their money the Liberals are giving to a private business.

“We already know this money came from a fund that did not follow the rules.

“To claim ‘commercial in confidence’ as an excuse for not releasing this information is laughable. The entire EOI process was deliberately designed to be secretive and anti-competitive from day one.

“The cloud around the EOI process is damaging the tourism industry and risks turning away ethical investors.”

The National Audit Office found a panel of Coalition government ministers declined RJIP grant applications recommended for approval by bureaucrats — and approved many which were not recommended.

The initiative was designed to create jobs in key regional areas, including in Tasmania.

Around $27 million from the $220 million national program was allocated to 49 projects in Tasmania.

The marginal seat of Lyons received 53 per cent of the Tasmanian funding, while the safe

Labor-held seat of Franklin received 10 per cent. No grants were made in the safe, independent-held seat of Clark.

Around 25 per cent of Tasmanian projects recommended for approval by departmental officers were rejected by the ministerial committee.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby Nuts » Wed 22 Apr, 2020 7:19 pm

"The key thing here though is that the assets that we have - the fantastic wilderness, the beautiful scenery, the Tasmania that so many of us for a long time took for granted but is now acknowledged around the world as being just such a fantastic location to visit - that will remain," Mr Gutwein said.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby johnrs » Thu 23 Apr, 2020 11:51 am

This whole thing reminds me of Queensland back in Bjelke Petersens day.
Mates state, cronyism, dubious opaque process, private beneficiaries, alienation of public assets
Russ Hinze would be happy!
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby stepbystep » Sat 09 May, 2020 7:24 pm

FYI - media release today re Dove Lake viewing shelter. God knows how the best view of Dove Lake could possibly be from inside a building :shock: No wonder they don't want us visiting - it would be uber inconvenient. Anyone living within 30km, please go and take some photos!


9 May 2020

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Parks

Work begins on Dove Lake viewing shelter

In a boost for local jobs, work has now begun on a new state-of-the-art all-weather viewing shelter at Dove Lake that will offer visitors breathtaking views of the lake and iconic Cradle Mountain.

Construction of the new shelter is being undertaken by Devonport-based Vos Constructions, with the building designed by Cumulus Studio Architecture- delivering 73 direct and indirect jobs at a time when they are needed most.

Now is an ideal time for work to start on the new Dove Lake Shelter so that we can continue to deliver high quality visitor experiences in our parks and wilderness areas into the future.

Significant Infrastructure projects like this are vitally important and will provide contemporary facilities for locals and tourists to enjoy, while supporting our building and construction industry through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once complete, the Dove Lake Shelter will integrate with the new Cradle Mountain Gateway - offering visitors world-class facilities at the entrance to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

The new shelter will incorporate a walker registration and information area, interpretive materials, a landscaped courtyard, toilets and a bus shelter with a turning circle.

All work on the project is required to include new social distancing and personal hygiene measures to protect workers and contractors on site, with work expected to be complete by mid-2021.

The project is part of the Tasmanian Government’s $26.8 million commitment toward the development of the Cradle Mountain Master Plan.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby Nuts » Tue 08 Dec, 2020 6:43 pm

This is an interesting exchange on wilderness developments and the state of the process. The details are typically beyond common knowledge but the results will be telling. To me the results are all that matters here, not twisted methods to bring them about.

An un-tracked/route through wilderness can be made a high grade walking track (or flight path). Access to extended areas of desiganted wilderness can be made exclusive and at the discretion of the developer. Public expectations are just in opposition because the method is poorly understood, yet almost every aspect is commercial-in-confidence because.. wilderness attributes are a hindrance to/at the expense of protected profits .

Nothing to panic about yet as final assessments need to be made. The same assessments that, at least while they still need to be made public, typically act as a checklist of minor details to be ironed out, between coerced agents and carefully vetted 'stakeholders', while the shovels are sharpened.

Ridiculous.

And effective political opposition to this mainstream abandonment of public interest (those public interested) comes from.. The Greens :roll:



https://tasmps.greens.org.au/parliament ... 6uQ1htpL5Q


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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby Nuts » Wed 09 Dec, 2020 1:28 pm

And here's a rally for reserves, for tomorrow night:

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All Hobartian's parks passes are to be suspended for non-participation.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby tastrax » Wed 09 Dec, 2020 8:48 pm

Date And Time
Thu., 10 December 2020
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT

Location
Hobart City Hall
57-63 Macquarie Street
Hobart, TAS 7000

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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby Nuts » Wed 09 Dec, 2020 9:41 pm

thanks Tastrax (thought I'd linked my word). Those I know, most aren't exactly pristine wilderness but all a part of a similar or ongoing sell-off.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby Nuts » Tue 05 Jan, 2021 10:58 am

Nuts wrote:P.S:
alison.standen@parliament.tas.gov.au
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Well, it's been month with no response. I guess we assume that there's no effective opposition.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby myrtlegirl » Wed 06 Jan, 2021 12:21 pm

Nuts wrote:
Nuts wrote:P.S:
alison.standen@parliament.tas.gov.au
Shadow Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage


Well, it's been month with no response. I guess we assume that there's no effective opposition.


Yep.
A small group met with Ms Standen in mid-2002 to discuss concerns about the Halls Island/Lake Malbena proposal. Among other things, Ms Standen thought the Three Capes development justified the Malbena proposal - she had no idea that World Heritage status is a whole other level of protection or uniqueness. Le sigh.

Not just ineffective, ignorant as well. But maybe ignorance can be educated.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby Nuts » Wed 06 Jan, 2021 7:35 pm

Did you, hey good on you for trying!

I can imagine it is difficult to see more than $, and how that can only be a good thing. In the small world and meager lifespan of many state politicians.
Unless with some ingrained appreciation for nature or a larger world-view wilderness is just an untapped resource. And hordes of people already manipulated by advertised luxury offer a great potential voter resource or at least an excuse base.

Exactly why even projects like Three Capes matter/ed.
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby FionaShedden » Thu 11 Feb, 2021 9:04 am

An excellent article - very well written. A very worrying trend Australia wide!
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby tastrax » Thu 11 Feb, 2021 9:34 am

Unfortunately bending the rules for developers in National Parks is becoming all too common. Everyone needs to stand up and be counted when these proposals are suggested.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-09/ ... e/13136516
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Re: For Sale - Pristine Tasmanian Wilderness

Postby Nuts » Thu 11 Feb, 2021 2:01 pm

I find this one hard to follow.
Environmental planning regulations were altered to exempt projects over 1 million dollars (which is just a sickening outcome in itself)
But then 'the majority of opponents' were satisfied with pods closer to the main walking track (even though the court case itself should have been nullified)?

A bit lost on who to support here. Same in Tassie, where the majority dissent seems populated by & limited by the influence TWC already has in the state.
Assuming a smart bunch of individuals, I can also only assume some deliberate ignorance? Or crafty manipulation?

Left squabbling over individual projects also seems a situation to delight developers and politicians, destined to fail the 'emotional' few? There just isn't any compromise to be had here :?

A national movement against exclusive use is being mentioned more often. I believe this is the scale necessary (unfortunately). Hopefully before all this development takes place and public users come to also realise the implications of having such private influence on management.
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