The long running attempt by developers to establish a helicopter accessed ‘eco lodge’ on Halls Island in Lake Malbena in Tasmania’s Central Plateau is part of a larger agenda to open up areas of wilderness and World Heritage to new commercial tourism operations.
In December 2019, the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) overturned the Central Highlands Council’s decision to refuse a permit for helicopter-accessed visitor accommodation at Halls Island. There was then a challenge in the Supreme Court, followed by an appeal.
There is still a long way to go before the proposal can proceed, and the community campaign against the proposal keeps growing.
Hobart people are encouraged to attend a public meeting to hear about what’s happening and how to get involved in the campaign against this development. Wednesday February 12.
There will be an update on:
> the Halls Island rent scandal (the developer has been granted a lease on a very low annual rate)
> the Supreme Court appeal
> What you can do to keep Tassie wild and oppose this development
There will be updates from a range of people and groups:
> Greg French, fly-fishing legend
> Guides for the Wild Association
> Leanne Minshull, The Australia Institute Tasmania
> Tom Allen, Wilderness Society Tasmania
> Tourism operators
> Dan Broun, Fishers & Walkers Against Helicopter Access Tasmania
> The Greens
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM. Location TBC.
Hosted by The Wilderness Society and Fishers and Walkers Against Helicopter Access Tasmania.
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