Conserve & Manage Why can’t wilderness just be sacred… LAKE MALBENA! (2nd Ed.)

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  • #877846

    BarryJ
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    Good news (copied from Facebook):

    “Minister Sussan Ley MP has today released a “statement of reasons” for her decision to re-assess the Malbena farce. The Minister has completely contradicted Tasmania’s Head of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Jason Jacobi, who in November 2019 told the ABC that “Daniel and Simone Hackett have shown that helicopter access into Halls Island can be managed appropriately”. Commonwealth Minister for the Environment states today; the impact from the use of helicopters on the World Heritage Area was ” likely to be significant” and the scale of loss of Wilderness values was “substantial” (full document in link below)… There is something very rotten about senior bureaucrats in Tas that are so willing to champion the destruction of our wild places for so few and with so little concern. This debacle needs to end.”

    http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/_entity/annotation/b54270bd-2623-eb11-82c9-00505684324c/a71d58ad-4cba-48b6-8dab-f3091fc31cd5?t=1605490273964&fbclid=IwAR10ZYmMpPC-hTGS7IHQWG1YH-OfoCLGPodHH9j5WQpJ4cDGNvHlrg6WJaM

    #877852

    PT48
    Participant

    Good work Barry.

    #877853

    BarryJ
    Participant

    None of the credit is due to me; I just pass on the news as it comes to hand! That said, we need more people writing to people like Susan Ley about this issue and the multitude of similar issues in other states.

    We need to make politicians understand that development in National Parks and World Heritage Areas does not have public support ANYWHERE in Australia. Local MP’s also need to be hammered on local matters.

    #877857

    PT48
    Participant

    You deserve our gratitude Barry, for you are the one who keeps us informed and you are the one who wades through all of the bureaucratic gobbledegook in a bid to sieve the meaningful bits from the prolix.

    #877858

    Johnrs
    Participant

    Finally some good news!

    And surprisingly from the Liberal federal Minister!

    John

    #877865

    jimmyellenberger
    Participant

    Good news so far… lets hope it holds up through the inevitable appeal process. This crowd wont be giving up easily, and they still have those questionable bureaucrats working away in the shadows… lifting the gag order on the ‘ boots on the ground’ PWS employees would be most enlightening.

    Thanks Barry for keeping us up to speed.

    Regards…Jimmy

    #877936

    MJL
    Participant

    Originally, the Lake Malbena proposal was deemed not to be a controlled action (no assessment required).  The decision was successfully appealed.  The decision wasn’t reversed, it basically meant they had to redo it.  At the end of the redo, the minister reclassified the development as a controlled action (requires assessment).  This document is just the reasons for changing the assessment status.

    Despite the language, this document does not mean that the Minister or the department have changed their position on whether the proposal should go ahead (they haven’t).  That outcome is yet to be determined (by the assessment which will follow).

    #877938

    BarryJ
    Participant

    Wholeheartedly agree; this is just a minor victory. We still have a major battle ahead of us.

    #877943

    Johnrs
    Participant

    Here is the detail around a “Controlled Action” in a world heritage area

    https://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/management/referrals/controlled-actions

    and yes its another submission and approvals process

    John

    #884491

    PT48
    Participant

    Has the lease expired?

    #884492

    BarryJ
    Participant

    No. It has been reviewed but the relevant minister (Roger Jaensch) has not provided an answer as to whether the “rent” has been raised or not. Here is a quote from an article in The Mercury:

    ”Mr Jaensch told parliament the island was currently leased for the equivalent of $20 a week, rising to $76 a week once the development was approved.

    “The rental for the Halls Island lease is presently $1050.63 per annum, which will increase to $4000 per annum on practical completion of the development should it be permitted to proceed.”

    It was unclear whether Mr Jaensch was referring to the old lease or a new lease. He did not refer to the separate lease which applied to the site of a hut on the island.

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    “I am advised that the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service commissioned an independent valuation to determine the lease rental for Halls Island,” he said.

    It is very important we do not treat that as real estate — it is not a shopfront in the middle of Hobart, it is a World Heritage Area.

    “We rely on the valuer to put a rent value on it and we take the independent valuer’s advice.”

    The bold highlighting above is mine; I totally agree with this particular comment and fail to see how the government can justify developing Hall’s Island on this basis!

    #884494

    PT48
    Participant

    Thank you once again Barry. Is this indicative that there is some positioning going on? If so, to what ends?

    #884497

    BarryJ
    Participant

    I don’t believe so. IMHO, the government (and the PWS upper echelon) are still hell-bent on pushing ahead with this development and every other project they have “on the books” in National Parks and the WHA.

    #884529

    PT48
    Participant

    Why is The Mercury so pre-occupied at the moment with the price of the lease and the perceived “opacity” of Jaensch on that topic? Could it be that the government is planning to jack it up in a bid to appease those in the masses who think it is being given away for a song? We have heard nothing for months and now there are signs of movement.

    #884530

    BarryJ
    Participant

    They are just reporting on a question during Question Time from Cassie O’Connor to Roger Jaensch on the lease. The lease was scheduled to be reviewed recently and the Greens are hounding the Minister about whether a new lease has been signed and the terms of the new lease (if one is in place) etc.

    I don’t believe the government has the slightest intention of appeasing the masses; they will just continue to ride roughshod over any opposition as they still believe that public indifference will get the project over the line!

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