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

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  • #915976

    woody-wood
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    Small wins are still wins.

    Every time the development gets a set back, it adds to the frustration of the proponent and his backers. Sooner or later it gets insurmountable and hopefully it gets canned.

    We can only live in hope. I’m taking the news as an early Christmas present. 🎅

    #915991

    flylife
    Moderator

    Yes, a very big win I would say. Assume any future development proposal would have to go back to the Central Highlands Council and would have to be properly assessed at State and Federal level after full impact assessment and public consultation…🤔

    #916026

    BarryJ
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    The following is an extract from an email I received from the Tasmanian National Parks Association (one of the respondents in the recent court case):

    Tourism company Wild Drake Pty Ltd proposed to exclusively use and develop Halls Island for luxury accommodation, with guests accessing the site in up to 240 helicopter flights a year.

    Unfortunately, we may not have seen the end of the proposal. Wild Drake has said it still intends to seek approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

    The implications of such a move are not clear except that the proposal has not yet been abandoned. EPBC approval is not a foregone conclusion and the proposal will still need state approval. Wild Drake’s own media statement says it will be seeking the necessary state approvals after it has secured EPBC approval.”

    #916033

    MJL
    Participant

    Likely withdrew to give themselves time to get state and federal approval and will then resubmit to council/RMAT.  They would argue those approvals address the problems that caused them to lose the appeal.

    #922852

    BarryJ
    Participant

    Status update re the Hall’s Island lease! Despite the project seemingly being dead in the water atm, it would appear that the proponents still hold a lease on the WHOLE island! See the attached screenshot from Facebook which includes part of  a letter from the relevant state Minister (Jacquie Petrusma MP):

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    #924520

    woody-wood
    Participant

    Does the change of governement at Federal level give us greater hope that this proposal does not proceed.

    One would think that a Labour Enviromental Minister would be more likely to reject this application on enviromental grounds. Greater Green representation federally would also add pressure to knock this on the head.

    State level is another matter.

    #924523

    BarryJ
    Participant

    Not holding my breath on that one. While the project is still live at State level, anything is still possible unfortunately.

    #924579

    flylife
    Moderator

    Let’s hope the new political order is more sympathetic to protecting wild places.

    #924580

    mitch aka 2 fish
    Participant

    they seem more sympathetic to protecting wild and crazy people so…

    #925199

    BarryJ
    Participant

     

    The following came to light in a Budget Estimates Hearing (opposition parties grilling relevant ministers in turn) in State Parliament today. The minister being grilled on this occasion was Jacquie  Petrusma, Minister for Parks and the following is a small extract of an article from The Mercury (online):

    Plans for a standing camp on Halls Island in Lake Malbena were first proposed in 2015, but it still hasn’t been built amid protests and legal action by conservation groups.

    Ms Petrusma said that the government has extended the completion deadlines for the project at the proponent’s request.

    “Wild Drake have demonstrated best endeavours to progress the necessary environmental approvals for their proposal in accordance with the conditions detailed in the lease, but they have been significantly delayed by a number of protracted legal appeals,” she said.

    “Given the planning requirements in the ongoing environmental approval processes underway, termination of the lease would create uncertainty for all parties, including the Crown.

    “This is a reasonable and fair approach and by no way provides any green light for any approval processes.”

    #925201

    Tocs
    Participant

    Cheers Barry.

    I would have thought termination of the lease would created certainty.

    No one, apart from those with narrow financial interests, want this proposal to go ahead!

    #925203

    BarryJ
    Participant

    At the risk of going down a conspiracy rabbit hole🤪, I can’t help thinking that the minister was (unintentionally) referring to uncertainty for another project (or projects) which is (are) still under wraps but is (are) relying on the Malbena project going to completion and setting a precedent!🙄

    #925456

    Johnrs
    Participant

    And here is a damming speech in the Tassie parliament this week.
    Surely this process is now corrupt?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHZ8BDsbb-0
    John

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