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

Postby Lophophaps » Tue 28 Jul, 2020 1:12 pm

TNPA is going to the Full Court to appeal the Supreme Court ruling.
https://tnpa.org.au/lake-malbena-decisi ... ull-court/
TNPA is seeking donations. Amounts over $2 are allowed tax deductions.
https://tnpa.org.au/donate/
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnrs » Fri 07 Aug, 2020 5:03 pm

And a bit more on the Supreme Court challenge here
https://www.edo.org.au/2020/07/28/lake- ... micwebinar
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 2:58 pm

Halls Island in Lake Malbena today, your special place tomorrow.

To be clear, you could be sent to jail for visiting Halls Island. Public land inside the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. We are locked out for the next 20 years, minimum. Please share this on your social media and call for an end to this madness.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation ... EDNy8jfVDM

Anger as heritage site closed to public
A private developer has been given the right to evict people from an island deep inside Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, outraging fishermen and bushwalkers.


By MATTHEW DENHOLM

"A private developer has been given the right to evict people from an island inside Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area and to install surveillance cameras, outraging fishermen and bushwalkers.
The Australian has obtained correspondence from the head of Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service confirming such rights are held by Wild Drake, which was controversially given an exclusive lease to develop a tourist project on Halls Island.
PWS general manager Jason Jacobi wrote to a fishers and walkers group on August 11, confirming Wild Drake could install cameras for any use without ­approval and could evict anyone visiting the island.
“As lessee, Wild Drake has the same rights and obligation as any citizen to manage its property in the land in accordance with the law,” Mr Jacobi said in response to questions about the company’s powers of eviction.Similarly, as the company — fronted by developers Daniel and Simone Hackett — had “exclusive possession” of the island, at Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, it could “choose to use cameras (monitoring or otherwise) without PWS approval”.
The group that elicited the ­response from Mr Jacobi said it was “horrified” a private company had been granted such sweeping powers over a World Heritage Area and national park.
“It seems the developer has the right to evict us from a World Heritage Area, which we find a really frightening and astounding turn of events,” said Dan Broun of Fishers and Walkers Against Helicopter Access.
“The penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1680 fine for being in a national park and world heritage area, for ordinary bushwalkers, is abhorrent.”
Mr Hackett said people could apply to visit the island and claimed the cameras were used for environmental monitoring.
In late 2018, The Australian revealed the Hacketts had been granted a secret “exclusive possession” lease over the island. The proposal, currently tied up in Supreme Court legal action, has become a lightning rod for dissent at the state government’s policy of luring tourism projects to parks and wilderness areas.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Wed 26 Aug, 2020 4:34 pm

The Mercury 26.8.20

TICT and Wilderness Society trade barbs over major projects laws
The contentious Lake Malbena development has become the battleground for the state’s tourism industry body and environmentalists, who are accusing each other of holding conflicting positions on Major Projects laws.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have accused the state’s peak tourism body of duplicity over the state’s major project laws.

In return, Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief Luke Martin says the Wilderness Society was itself now defending the existing planning system which it has constantly derided and challenged in court.
Mr Martin commented on Twitter earlier in the week that he did not understand why people were concerned the proposed major projects laws could be applied to a proposed tourism development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“Why is Lake Malbena consistently being referenced in relation to Major Projects Legislation? a) it’s not a major project, and b) it’s been through the planning system. It’s irrelevant to the debate,” he said.

But the TICT’s submission on the bill welcomes the its application to projects in protected areas.

“We are pleased there is no proposed minimum monetary threshold on the scale of projects to be considered as Major Project under the amendments, as was considered in the initial consultations on the reforms and is in place in some other jurisdictions,” the submission reads.

“We see the potential for this Major Projects process to be triggered for complex development

proposals within Tasmania’s protected areas, instilling experts into the decision making about

projects of unusual environmental, scientific, and economic complexity.

“This can only be a good thing.”

Tom Allen from the Wilderness Society said he believed the tourism industry was sending a mixed message.

“The TICT submission validates our worst fears that this legislation will be used to fast-track private commercial developments in Tasmania’s public nation parks,” he said.

While publicly suggesting that we were scaremongering, behind the scenes, the TICT was advocating for exactly what the Wilderness Society was warning could happen to national parks using the major projects laws put forward by Tasmania’s Liberal Government.

“With wilderness the single biggest driver of Tasmania’s tourism industry, it’s hard to see how the state’s tourism operators can be comfortable with their peak body advocating for more and faster developments of the state’s world-class national parks and wild places.”

Mr Martin said his comments referred to projects were beyond the expertise and resources of local councils to deal with in a timely and efficient fashion.

“The reality is we’re looking ahead to projects like the Tyndall ranges walk and Cradle Mountain cableway project,” he said.

He said it was ironic that the Wilderness Society was going into bat on behalf of the existing planning system — which it had challenged and derided in the Lake Malbena approvals process.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Sat 12 Sep, 2020 3:34 pm

Fishers And Walkers Against Helicopter Access (FAWAHA) are holding a public meeting at the Miena Community Centre next weekend, Sunday 20th of September between 2-4pm.

Due to Covid restrictions you must register at this Eventbrite page;

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fawaha- ... 9418549095

Make a day of it and take a walk up Qamby Bluff, Projection Bluff, Liffey Bluff, Rats Castle or Split Rock in the morning and come along at 2pm and listen to speakers including;

Sharnie Read - Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
Tom Allen - The Wilderness Society
Craig Garland - Northwest fisherman and political aspirant.
Brett Smith - FAWAHA
Nick Sawyer - TNPA
Greg French - Author and Angler

We're putting the heat on the government right now with two recent articles in The Australian, ABC Sydney radio interview and coverage in The Mercury, The Examiner, ABC Hobart radio and HoFM. So please come along and give us some support and find out what you can do to help.

Also, follow @MalbenaMatters on Instagram, @AndFishers on Twitter or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FAWAHATas

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

Postby myrtlegirl » Tue 15 Sep, 2020 4:47 pm

From the FAWAHA FaceBook page:
Just to re-cap. They rezoned a wilderness area because a developer told them to. Secretly changed the management plan to allow helicopter access. Signed a lease giving "exclusive possession" of an entire island for slightly more than the lease cost of a rubbish tip. Ignored their own advisory Council (the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council) , Aboriginal Heritage Council and Central Highlands Council. Ignored 98% of public submissions, fishers, bushwalkers, everyone who has put pen to paper, made phone calls, protested in the rain, walked in and reclaimed Malbena, signed a petition, lobbied Tasmanian Labor lobbied the Tasmanian Liberals and written to Jason Jacobi and Tim Baker as heads of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. The Tourism Industry Council Tasmania has called the campaign "hysterical" and labelled the Lake Malbena disaster as "on brand". It's a disgrace. If the head of Parks signs this off it will be their legacy to have ignored all of these groups and individuals, made every national park, every peaceful lake, every favourite fishing ground and every protected area up for grabs. What a shameful legacy that would be. Malbena matters! You can donate directly to the ongoing legal battle here. Thank you. https://tnpa.org.au/donate/
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby myrtlegirl » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 10:36 am

There's public meeting THIS SUNDAY 20/9 at Great Lake Community Centre, 2-4pm.

If you don't fancy your Tas wilderness experience being buzzed by helicopters full of rich tourists, it would be good to see you there!

Due to Covid, the event has to be ticketed, tickets are FREE. Book here: aff=ebdssbeachttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fawaha-malbena-matters-public-meeting-tickets-119418549095?aff=ebdssbeac


About this Event
The proposal for helicopter-accessed luxury huts at Lake Malbena is the test case for 30+ secret development plans under the current Government’s Expressions of Interest process.

This exclusive and secretive lease of $1,000/year will destroy the serenity and all that is precious about the Western Lakes in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA)

Come along to a public meeting to hear the latest & what we can do about it.

SPEAKERS:

Sharnie Read, TAC

Tom Allen, TWS

Nick Davis, TWGA

Nick Sawyer, TNPA

Brett Smith, angler

Craig Garland, Senate candidate

Greg French, fly fishing guide and author

We'll hear about where the Malbena issue is at, what we can do to keep our public land in public hands, and how to let our politicians know that corrupt deals for special mates are NOT ON.

There will be an opportunity to donate to this cause, every little bit helps.

The wonderfully supportive folks of the Great Lake Community are putting on afternoon tea for us as well!
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bushwalker zane » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 2:00 pm

**CARPOOL**

I'm heading to the meeting on the 20th, and wanted to let it be known that I have (3) spare seats if anyone wants in.

Heading through Launceston at probably 9:00am. Going to spend some time at Liffey Falls, and then head up to the meeting after lunch. Forecast looks a bit drizzly, so a forest walk might be nice.

If anyone wants to join in, send me a PM :)
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Son of a Beach » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 2:07 pm

From the Examiner just now ( https://www.examiner.com.au/story/69296 ... sal/?cs=95 ):

The federal environment minister has ordered an assessment of the Lake Malbena tourism proposal in response to a Federal Court ruling from last year which set aside the government's original approval.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley has since reconsidered the matter in light of the ruling, and informed proponent Wild Drake Pty Ltd of her decision on Thursday.

The court had found that the original decision by former environment minister Melissa Price that no approval was required had been flawed.

Ms Ley has now decided that the proposal be assessed as a Controlled Action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.


(The Examiner's paywall is pretty flimsy.)
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnw » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 3:01 pm

Son of a Beach wrote:From the Examiner just now ( https://www.examiner.com.au/story/69296 ... sal/?cs=95 ):

The federal environment minister has ordered an assessment of the Lake Malbena tourism proposal in response to a Federal Court ruling from last year which set aside the government's original approval.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley has since reconsidered the matter in light of the ruling, and informed proponent Wild Drake Pty Ltd of her decision on Thursday.

The court had found that the original decision by former environment minister Melissa Price that no approval was required had been flawed.

Ms Ley has now decided that the proposal be assessed as a Controlled Action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.


A glimmer of common sense finally?
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 3:05 pm

Analysis of this decision is underway and one of our speakers on Sunday will give an overview of what this means.

On face value it's good - we've always maintained this should be declared a controlled action under the EPBC Act - but under what conditions the assessment is to be made is unclear at the moment. One thing is for sure public comment can be made under this process and we will be encouraging everyone to make a submission. Ramifications for other proposals under the dodgy EoI / RAA process are unclear but potentially very positive. The fight goes on.

STAY TUNED and I hope to see a heap of you on Sunday.

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

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 4:52 pm

Although Miena is a little far for me I can write. As soon as TNPA et al give some guidance I'll find a new clay tablet and chisel some words. I've found that throwing submissions in this form gets attention.

This is the Sussan Ley media release
https://minister.awe.gov.au/ley/media-r ... ke-malbena
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Postby gayet » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 6:07 pm

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

Postby stepbystep » Wed 23 Sep, 2020 9:41 am

Auditor Generals report into the EOI process dropped yesterday. Despite some shallow reporting in The Mercury and others in the media, deep analysis shows it up for what it is - a grand wilderness heist to benefit a few and destroy the wild.

TNPA analysis here https://tnpa.org.au/auditor-general-eoi ... cmXUmUWTi8
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnrs » Sat 26 Sep, 2020 10:37 am

And folks

Here is link to the Land Conservancy’s announcement not to renew Mr Hackets lease at nearby Lake Ina

https://tasland.org.au/content/uploads/ ... r_2020.pdf

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

Postby north-north-west » Sat 26 Sep, 2020 12:36 pm

Now, I do wonder at the reasoning behind this. Do they assume he''s going to get the Malbena thing up and running, or are they disassociating themselves from him?
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby johnrs » Sat 26 Sep, 2020 2:34 pm

Certainly disassociating themselves NNW!

Quote from another TLC statement:
"The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) has no association with, nor does it support, the Lake Malbena proposal by Wild Drake Pty Ltd."
Link to full Malbena statement here:
https://tasland.org.au/2018/11/statemen ... -proposal/
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