Conserve & Manage Why can’t wilderness just be sacred… LAKE MALBENA!

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  • #818446

    Johnrs
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    And here is an interview with Daniel Hackett

    from the ABC Hobart office

    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/mornings/daniel-hackett/11254970

    John

    #818468

    Tocs
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    I don’t think anyone has paraphrased what he’s doing as OK.

    Delusional throughout.

    A fellow who’s values have been corrupted. Sad to see.

    Walk in….

     

    #818472

    mitch aka 2 fish
    Participant

    omphaloskepsis abounds.

     

    ftg,

    shawn

    #818585

    Greg French
    Participant

    I have to say it was hard to listen to the ABC interview in the above post: many people I know had a good old laugh, but it just made me feel unbearably sad. It’s hard watching people lynch themselves, even harder when you have counted that person as a friend for more than a decade.

    In the interview, the proponent says that under Will Hogman’s 2016 management plan much of the World Heritage area is zoned as no-go for helicopters, but so too was Malbena until the minister changed the zoning to accommodate the development. Under the 2016 management plan, zoning is completely arbitrary and can be changed by the minister at a whim without any consultation whatsoever, not with the people or even parliament. The same goes for the provision in the plan to limit helicopter landings to five sites. The Malbena fiasco provides ample evidence that the minister will change the plan to suit any development he chooses to champion.

    The proponent says that he cannot be held accountable for the government rewriting plans and regulations to accommodate the proposal. But the proponent is not obliged to act as an enabler for the government. As is evidenced by the unprecedented response to the Development Application (approximately 1340 responses against versus 2 in favour), the proposal has no social licence. No one is obliged to pursue a development that has no social licence. The decision to proceed at all costs is the proponent’s alone. The proponent should own that decision.

    The idea that the PWS is morally obliged to act as a joined party in the defence of a Reserve Activity Assessment  is absurd. It could just be called as an expert witness, which would save the taxpayer a packet. The government and attorney general are acting on the proponent’s behalf.

    And finally, it is well understood by most developers that they should always argue their case on it’s merits, and never play the ‘poor me’ card.

    #820208

    Greywulff
    Participant

    “Why can’t wilderness just be wilderness?”  Because there is always some grub who wants to make a quid out of it.  We see a natural wonder… they see dollars.

    #820212

    Greywulff
    Participant

    Why are people so shocked by this?  Get used to it, under the Tories, everything is for sale to the highest bidder. The plebs can look after themselves.

    #820693

    BarryJ
    Participant

    Update re Lake Malbena hearing. I received an email this afternoon from Tas National Parks Association:

    “Thank you for your support in presenting our case to prevent construction of a helicopter-accessed tourist development at Lake Malbena to Tasmania’s Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal (RMPAT). We have prepared a backgrounder on how we got to this here and provide a summary of the Appeal so far below. If you do not wish to receive future updates from us regarding Lake Malbena and other issues we are working on you can unsubscribe below.
    The Central Highland Council’s refusal to grant a permit for the proposed helicopter-accessed tourist accommodation at Lake Malbena was not the end of this development. The proponent Daniel Hackett (in the name of his business ‘Wild Drake’) has appealed this decision to the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT).

    The Tasmanian National Parks Association (TNPA), The Wilderness Society Tasmania (TWS) and two individuals with a longstanding association with Lake Malbena (the joined parties) have joined the appeal. We took this significant step to defend Council’s decision to refuse a permit to this development.

    RMPAT heard this appeal from 24-28 June, and the hearing will resume on August 8-9 to hear further evidence about wedge-tailed eagles and for the legal representatives to present closing submissions. The purpose of closing submissions is to make legal arguments about how the Tribunal should make its decision having regard to the evidence before it and the law to be applied.

    While this matter is before the Tribunal, we are constrained from providing commentary on its progress. We are satisfied with how it proceeded. The Tribunal has heard from our expert witnesses and will hear legal argument from our barrister when the hearing resumes. In combination, the Central Highlands Council and the joined parties called expert witnesses on planning, wilderness, ecology, eagles, aviation, and acoustics.

    At this stage, the best estimate we can give is that the Tribunal’s decision is likely to be handed down in early September.

    We note that Mr Hackett last week publicly made allegations of threats against him and damage to his property. The TNPA would like to emphasise that its concern is with Mr Hackett’s proposed development at Lake Malbena, not with Mr Hackett. TNPA is pursuing its concerns through the proper process, which is the appeal currently before RMPAT.”

    #820962

    mitch aka 2 fish
    Participant

    yes. the ad hominem can wait.

     

    better than a kick in the pants,

    shawn

    #822726

    BarryJ
    Participant

    More on the Lake Malbena Development appeal is available on the Environmental Defenders Office (Tasmania) Inc web site:

    http://www.edotas.org.au/about-edo/significant-cases/protecting-wilderness-halls-island-tribunal-appeal/

    #845280

    Johnrs
    Participant

    And now in the Federal courts too!
    see the link from TWS

    John

    Wilderness Defended in Federal Court

    Wilderness Defended in Federal Court by our amazing legal team. The decision may take several weeks. In the meantime, we'll focus on helping defend Central Highland Council's decision not to give Wild Drake a planning permit, which is being appealed in the RMPAT tribunal.The fight goes on to keep some of the world's best-of-the-best World Heritage Wilderness intact.Here's our media release sent out today: Federal Court Hears Defence of the WildernessYesterday, the Federal Court heard the Wilderness Society Tasmania’s application seeking to overturn the Federal Government’s decision not to subject the Lake Malbena helicopter tourism proposal to a detailed environmental impact assessment under the Federal environmental law. Represented by barrister Emrys Nekvapil and EDO Tasmania, the Wilderness Society Tasmania argued that the delegate of Minister for the Environment failed to properly apply the law in determining that the proposal would not have a significant impact on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and did not require detailed assessment by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy.The Wilderness Society Tasmania argued that, in determining the significance of the proposal’s impacts on one of the last wilderness areas left on earth, the Minister’s delegate should not have:1) relied upon the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service’s Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) of the proposed development taken into account 2) rubbery RAA conditions imposed on the development3) or taken into account the proponent’s voluntary 'mitigation' measures.The Wilderness Society Tasmania further argued that the Minister’s delegate should have considered the impacts of Stage Two of the proposal, involving proposed walks to Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and within the Wilderness Zone, in arriving at his decision.The Federal Court's decision on the Wilderness Society Tasmania’s application could be some months away.In the meantime, the Wilderness Society Tasmania will help defend the Central Highland Council's decision to refuse a planning permit for the Lake Malbena development. The Wilderness Society Tasmania has joined the Tasmanian National Parks Association and a number of individuals in opposing the developer’s appeal of the permit refusal to the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT). We will again be represented by EDO Tasmania in this appeal, which is likely to be heard by RMPAT in late May 2019.The Wilderness Society Tasmania remains committed to stopping inappropriate and unsustainable tourism developments into the TWWHA. The use of public parks and reserves for private profit is an insidious trend not just in Tasmania but across Australia and the rest of the world. The Tasmanian Government should facilitate a more sustainable tourism industry through the introduction of transparent assessments of new tourism proposals within Tasmania's reserves against clear, outcome-focused criteria under a legal framework that involves proper public consultation and rights of appeal. With wilderness, habitat and species in decline world-wide, we cannot afford to treat the best-of-the-best Wilderness World Heritage Area so cheaply.

    Posted by The Wilderness Society Tasmania on Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    #845524

    Tocs
    Participant

    Great news – thanks John.

    Well done to the team representing in the Federal Court.

     

    #855020

    Greg French
    Participant

    The RMPAT decision re the validity of the Central Highlands Council’s  decision to reject the Development Application for the luxury lodge and helipad at Malbena was due to be handed down in a day or two (13 September) but has apparently been postponed until 30 September. There is nothing untoward about this – just time constraints – but whichever way the decision goes you can be sure it will end up in the Supreme Court.

    There has been a lot of maneuvering over the past few weeks, and you can expect some big announcements from the defenders of the Western Lakes when the RMPAT decision is finally made public.

    #855742

    BarryJ
    Participant

    There is now another “new” deadline for the Lake Malbena appeal decision.

    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.

    #855745

    flylife
    Moderator

    Aren’t we still waiting for the ruling on the federal court hearing back in March too?🤔

    #855747

    mitch aka 2 fish
    Participant

    they sound like builders.

     

    cheers,

    shawn (next week. promise.)

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