Sometimes stupid ideas just won’t die. Especially if they have big money or political influence behind them. Just look at the endless debate about developing a domestic nuclear power industry in Australia, which is constantly pushed and platformed by conservative politicians and the Murdoch press. Its just not going to happen, but they just can’t let it go.
It’s the same with proposals for commercial development within national parks and other important conservation reserves. The public don’t support these proposals, yet some governments keep pushing the development agenda. The Tasmanian government is an especially bad ‘repeat offender’. They actively promote bad projects like new commercial huts at places like Lake Malbena on the Central Plateau, the cable car on kunanyi/ Mt Wellington and the cableway at Cradle Valley.
In some welcome news, it was revealed in Senate Estimates that the Commonwealth has withdrawn federal funding for the Cradle Valley Cableway. As noted by Greens MP Nick McKim, “The project never stacked up, and never had a social license. It was simply a pipe-dream of the develop-at-all-costs brigade, and a lazy attempt at pork barrelling. Its cheerleaders should be ashamed of themselves.”
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