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Postby Lophophaps » Tue 28 Jul, 2020 1:12 pm

TNPA is going to the Full Court to appeal the Supreme Court ruling.
https://tnpa.org.au/lake-malbena-decisi ... ull-court/
TNPA is seeking donations. Amounts over $2 are allowed tax deductions.
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Postby johnrs » Fri 07 Aug, 2020 5:03 pm

And a bit more on the Supreme Court challenge here
https://www.edo.org.au/2020/07/28/lake- ... micwebinar
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Mon 24 Aug, 2020 2:58 pm

Halls Island in Lake Malbena today, your special place tomorrow.

To be clear, you could be sent to jail for visiting Halls Island. Public land inside the Walls of Jerusalem National Park in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. We are locked out for the next 20 years, minimum. Please share this on your social media and call for an end to this madness.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation ... EDNy8jfVDM

Anger as heritage site closed to public
A private developer has been given the right to evict people from an island deep inside Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, outraging fishermen and bushwalkers.


By MATTHEW DENHOLM

"A private developer has been given the right to evict people from an island inside Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area and to install surveillance cameras, outraging fishermen and bushwalkers.
The Australian has obtained correspondence from the head of Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service confirming such rights are held by Wild Drake, which was controversially given an exclusive lease to develop a tourist project on Halls Island.
PWS general manager Jason Jacobi wrote to a fishers and walkers group on August 11, confirming Wild Drake could install cameras for any use without ­approval and could evict anyone visiting the island.
“As lessee, Wild Drake has the same rights and obligation as any citizen to manage its property in the land in accordance with the law,” Mr Jacobi said in response to questions about the company’s powers of eviction.Similarly, as the company — fronted by developers Daniel and Simone Hackett — had “exclusive possession” of the island, at Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, it could “choose to use cameras (monitoring or otherwise) without PWS approval”.
The group that elicited the ­response from Mr Jacobi said it was “horrified” a private company had been granted such sweeping powers over a World Heritage Area and national park.
“It seems the developer has the right to evict us from a World Heritage Area, which we find a really frightening and astounding turn of events,” said Dan Broun of Fishers and Walkers Against Helicopter Access.
“The penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1680 fine for being in a national park and world heritage area, for ordinary bushwalkers, is abhorrent.”
Mr Hackett said people could apply to visit the island and claimed the cameras were used for environmental monitoring.
In late 2018, The Australian revealed the Hacketts had been granted a secret “exclusive possession” lease over the island. The proposal, currently tied up in Supreme Court legal action, has become a lightning rod for dissent at the state government’s policy of luring tourism projects to parks and wilderness areas.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bogholesbuckethats » Wed 26 Aug, 2020 4:34 pm

The Mercury 26.8.20

TICT and Wilderness Society trade barbs over major projects laws
The contentious Lake Malbena development has become the battleground for the state’s tourism industry body and environmentalists, who are accusing each other of holding conflicting positions on Major Projects laws.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have accused the state’s peak tourism body of duplicity over the state’s major project laws.

In return, Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief Luke Martin says the Wilderness Society was itself now defending the existing planning system which it has constantly derided and challenged in court.
Mr Martin commented on Twitter earlier in the week that he did not understand why people were concerned the proposed major projects laws could be applied to a proposed tourism development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“Why is Lake Malbena consistently being referenced in relation to Major Projects Legislation? a) it’s not a major project, and b) it’s been through the planning system. It’s irrelevant to the debate,” he said.

But the TICT’s submission on the bill welcomes the its application to projects in protected areas.

“We are pleased there is no proposed minimum monetary threshold on the scale of projects to be considered as Major Project under the amendments, as was considered in the initial consultations on the reforms and is in place in some other jurisdictions,” the submission reads.

“We see the potential for this Major Projects process to be triggered for complex development

proposals within Tasmania’s protected areas, instilling experts into the decision making about

projects of unusual environmental, scientific, and economic complexity.

“This can only be a good thing.”

Tom Allen from the Wilderness Society said he believed the tourism industry was sending a mixed message.

“The TICT submission validates our worst fears that this legislation will be used to fast-track private commercial developments in Tasmania’s public nation parks,” he said.

While publicly suggesting that we were scaremongering, behind the scenes, the TICT was advocating for exactly what the Wilderness Society was warning could happen to national parks using the major projects laws put forward by Tasmania’s Liberal Government.

“With wilderness the single biggest driver of Tasmania’s tourism industry, it’s hard to see how the state’s tourism operators can be comfortable with their peak body advocating for more and faster developments of the state’s world-class national parks and wild places.”

Mr Martin said his comments referred to projects were beyond the expertise and resources of local councils to deal with in a timely and efficient fashion.

“The reality is we’re looking ahead to projects like the Tyndall ranges walk and Cradle Mountain cableway project,” he said.

He said it was ironic that the Wilderness Society was going into bat on behalf of the existing planning system — which it had challenged and derided in the Lake Malbena approvals process.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Sat 12 Sep, 2020 3:34 pm

Fishers And Walkers Against Helicopter Access (FAWAHA) are holding a public meeting at the Miena Community Centre next weekend, Sunday 20th of September between 2-4pm.

Due to Covid restrictions you must register at this Eventbrite page;

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fawaha- ... 9418549095

Make a day of it and take a walk up Qamby Bluff, Projection Bluff, Liffey Bluff, Rats Castle or Split Rock in the morning and come along at 2pm and listen to speakers including;

Sharnie Read - Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
Tom Allen - The Wilderness Society
Craig Garland - Northwest fisherman and political aspirant.
Brett Smith - FAWAHA
Nick Sawyer - TNPA
Greg French - Author and Angler

We're putting the heat on the government right now with two recent articles in The Australian, ABC Sydney radio interview and coverage in The Mercury, The Examiner, ABC Hobart radio and HoFM. So please come along and give us some support and find out what you can do to help.

Also, follow @MalbenaMatters on Instagram, @AndFishers on Twitter or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FAWAHATas

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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby myrtlegirl » Tue 15 Sep, 2020 4:47 pm

From the FAWAHA FaceBook page:
Just to re-cap. They rezoned a wilderness area because a developer told them to. Secretly changed the management plan to allow helicopter access. Signed a lease giving "exclusive possession" of an entire island for slightly more than the lease cost of a rubbish tip. Ignored their own advisory Council (the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council) , Aboriginal Heritage Council and Central Highlands Council. Ignored 98% of public submissions, fishers, bushwalkers, everyone who has put pen to paper, made phone calls, protested in the rain, walked in and reclaimed Malbena, signed a petition, lobbied Tasmanian Labor lobbied the Tasmanian Liberals and written to Jason Jacobi and Tim Baker as heads of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. The Tourism Industry Council Tasmania has called the campaign "hysterical" and labelled the Lake Malbena disaster as "on brand". It's a disgrace. If the head of Parks signs this off it will be their legacy to have ignored all of these groups and individuals, made every national park, every peaceful lake, every favourite fishing ground and every protected area up for grabs. What a shameful legacy that would be. Malbena matters! You can donate directly to the ongoing legal battle here. Thank you. https://tnpa.org.au/donate/
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby myrtlegirl » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 10:36 am

There's public meeting THIS SUNDAY 20/9 at Great Lake Community Centre, 2-4pm.

If you don't fancy your Tas wilderness experience being buzzed by helicopters full of rich tourists, it would be good to see you there!

Due to Covid, the event has to be ticketed, tickets are FREE. Book here: aff=ebdssbeachttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fawaha-malbena-matters-public-meeting-tickets-119418549095?aff=ebdssbeac


About this Event
The proposal for helicopter-accessed luxury huts at Lake Malbena is the test case for 30+ secret development plans under the current Government’s Expressions of Interest process.

This exclusive and secretive lease of $1,000/year will destroy the serenity and all that is precious about the Western Lakes in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA)

Come along to a public meeting to hear the latest & what we can do about it.

SPEAKERS:

Sharnie Read, TAC

Tom Allen, TWS

Nick Davis, TWGA

Nick Sawyer, TNPA

Brett Smith, angler

Craig Garland, Senate candidate

Greg French, fly fishing guide and author

We'll hear about where the Malbena issue is at, what we can do to keep our public land in public hands, and how to let our politicians know that corrupt deals for special mates are NOT ON.

There will be an opportunity to donate to this cause, every little bit helps.

The wonderfully supportive folks of the Great Lake Community are putting on afternoon tea for us as well!
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby bushwalker zane » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 2:00 pm

**CARPOOL**

I'm heading to the meeting on the 20th, and wanted to let it be known that I have (3) spare seats if anyone wants in.

Heading through Launceston at probably 9:00am. Going to spend some time at Liffey Falls, and then head up to the meeting after lunch. Forecast looks a bit drizzly, so a forest walk might be nice.

If anyone wants to join in, send me a PM :)
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Son of a Beach » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 2:07 pm

From the Examiner just now ( https://www.examiner.com.au/story/69296 ... sal/?cs=95 ):

The federal environment minister has ordered an assessment of the Lake Malbena tourism proposal in response to a Federal Court ruling from last year which set aside the government's original approval.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley has since reconsidered the matter in light of the ruling, and informed proponent Wild Drake Pty Ltd of her decision on Thursday.

The court had found that the original decision by former environment minister Melissa Price that no approval was required had been flawed.

Ms Ley has now decided that the proposal be assessed as a Controlled Action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.


(The Examiner's paywall is pretty flimsy.)
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Postby johnw » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 3:01 pm

Son of a Beach wrote:From the Examiner just now ( https://www.examiner.com.au/story/69296 ... sal/?cs=95 ):

The federal environment minister has ordered an assessment of the Lake Malbena tourism proposal in response to a Federal Court ruling from last year which set aside the government's original approval.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley has since reconsidered the matter in light of the ruling, and informed proponent Wild Drake Pty Ltd of her decision on Thursday.

The court had found that the original decision by former environment minister Melissa Price that no approval was required had been flawed.

Ms Ley has now decided that the proposal be assessed as a Controlled Action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.


A glimmer of common sense finally?
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby stepbystep » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 3:05 pm

Analysis of this decision is underway and one of our speakers on Sunday will give an overview of what this means.

On face value it's good - we've always maintained this should be declared a controlled action under the EPBC Act - but under what conditions the assessment is to be made is unclear at the moment. One thing is for sure public comment can be made under this process and we will be encouraging everyone to make a submission. Ramifications for other proposals under the dodgy EoI / RAA process are unclear but potentially very positive. The fight goes on.

STAY TUNED and I hope to see a heap of you on Sunday.

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Postby Lophophaps » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 4:52 pm

Although Miena is a little far for me I can write. As soon as TNPA et al give some guidance I'll find a new clay tablet and chisel some words. I've found that throwing submissions in this form gets attention.

This is the Sussan Ley media release
https://minister.awe.gov.au/ley/media-r ... ke-malbena
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Postby gayet » Thu 17 Sep, 2020 6:07 pm

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Postby stepbystep » Wed 23 Sep, 2020 9:41 am

Auditor Generals report into the EOI process dropped yesterday. Despite some shallow reporting in The Mercury and others in the media, deep analysis shows it up for what it is - a grand wilderness heist to benefit a few and destroy the wild.

TNPA analysis here https://tnpa.org.au/auditor-general-eoi ... cmXUmUWTi8
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Postby johnrs » Sat 26 Sep, 2020 10:37 am

And folks

Here is link to the Land Conservancy’s announcement not to renew Mr Hackets lease at nearby Lake Ina

https://tasland.org.au/content/uploads/ ... r_2020.pdf

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Postby north-north-west » Sat 26 Sep, 2020 12:36 pm

Now, I do wonder at the reasoning behind this. Do they assume he''s going to get the Malbena thing up and running, or are they disassociating themselves from him?
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Postby johnrs » Sat 26 Sep, 2020 2:34 pm

Certainly disassociating themselves NNW!

Quote from another TLC statement:
"The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) has no association with, nor does it support, the Lake Malbena proposal by Wild Drake Pty Ltd."
Link to full Malbena statement here:
https://tasland.org.au/2018/11/statemen ... -proposal/
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Postby lefroy » Sat 03 Oct, 2020 7:50 pm

Anyone got the text from the Mercury article on the Malbena Supreme Court hearing?
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Postby bogholesbuckethats » Sun 04 Oct, 2020 4:53 am

lefroy wrote:Anyone got the text from the Mercury article on the Malbena Supreme Court hearing?


Full Court of the Supreme Court hears why plans to helicopter tourists into Lake Malbena should be knocked back
The Full Court of the Supreme Court in Hobart will soon hand down its decision into the ongoing saga of the Lake Malbena helicopter eco-tourism battle.

Amber Wilson, Mercury
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October 3, 2020 11:00am


Supreme Court to hear fresh Lake Malbena appeal
Wilderness Society Tasmania launch national campaign to crowdfund fight against Malbena
THE Wilderness Society has urged a panel of judges to find errors were made when a helicopter eco-tourism venture was given the green light.

On Friday, lawyers for the environmental group appeared before the Full Court of Supreme Court in Hobart via video link, in the organisation’s latest bid to block the controversial Lake Malbena project.

The Wilderness Society and the Tasmanian National Parks Association have been fighting developer Wild Drake in a series of court clashes since the project was first knocked back in February 2019 by the Central Highlands Council.


The case has wound its way through the appeals system, with Wilderness Society campaign manager Tom Allen proclaiming that Tasmania’s natural areas were “worth fighting for”.


But Wild Drake, run by husband-and-wife team Daniel and Simone Hackett, isn’t backing down either and has won the support of the state government

Friday’s hearing pivoted on how provisions contained within the region’s planning scheme should be correctly construed.

If the Wilderness Society wins its appeal, Tasmania’s Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal could be ordered to set aside its previous approval to grant Wild Drake a planning permit, and instead make a new decision.

Lake Malbena is located in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Justice Michael Brett, Chief Justice Alan Blow and Acting Justice David Porter reserved their decision to a later date.

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley is yet to announce if she will approve the project
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Postby stepbystep » Mon 02 Nov, 2020 4:04 pm

Reg Hall's son has had his say. He says NO!

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A well put letter to the editor in response.
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If you'd also like to say no to this absurd proposal FAWAHA are rallying at the entrance to Wrest Point on Friday morning, 8am. It's to let the tourism sector see just how angry we are. Please come along.
FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/6675451 ... tory%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%5C%22[]%5C%22%22%7D]%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

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Postby johnrs » Tue 17 Nov, 2020 2:02 pm

And finally some good news for Lake Maslbena,
surprisingly from a federal liberal ministers office!
(from the FAWAHA Facebook page)

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. Tourism Industry Council Tasmania UNESCO World Heritage Watch The Mercury Newspaper Tourism Tasmania Discover Tasmania
http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/. ... 8ad-4cba...
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Postby johnrs » Tue 17 Nov, 2020 2:04 pm

And some details from the Ministers decision here
Conclusion about impact of proposed action on natural criterion (vii)
79. Having considered the advice in the recommendation brief and the attached material,
I found that the impact on the world heritage values of the TWWHA from the use of
helicopters is likely to be significant.
80. I accordingly decided that sections 12 and 15A are controlling provisions for the proposed
action.
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Postby Lophophaps » Wed 18 Nov, 2020 6:13 am

Good news about the decision.

The link did not work for me. These should work
http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/_ ... 5490273964
https://www.wilderness.org.au/news-even ... ke-malbena

While there will always be ideology in political decisions, most should be based on law, evidence, logic and procedural fairness.

It would support the campaign if she received a lot of emails applauding her decision. Her email is
sussan.ley.mp@aph.gov.au
Her bio says that she was a shearers' cook from 1986 to 1988 and a commercial pilot from 1985 to 1986. She also has qualifications: MAcc, BEc and MTax.
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Postby Nuts » Wed 18 Nov, 2020 6:46 am

The evidence is indeed 'overwhelming'... and yet an outcome needs intervention at levels of court and government to highlight the point all concerned parties have been making from the start (praise at any level seems 'kid gloves')

So, what next, is this a win? or submitting to acceptance of testing dodgy outcomes for their fit with equally dodgy management plans?
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Postby johnrs » Wed 18 Nov, 2020 2:04 pm

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

https://www.environment.gov.au/heritage ... ed-actions

and yes its another submission and approvals process

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Postby lefroy » Wed 18 Nov, 2020 5:07 pm

My question is what happens when the State Liberal gov get backed into a corner? they have championed this from the beginning, backed the proponent in appeals and repeatedly supported the process in which it has been handled. I fear a situation like the US when the refs call might not be enough to get this in the bin where it belongs...
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Postby stepbystep » Thu 19 Nov, 2020 8:32 am

If anyone based in Hobart would like to meet campaign organisers and get regular updates feel free to drop by 'The Duke' every second Monday.

This coming Monday the 23rd, Claire Bookless, Managing Lawyer with the Environmental Defenders Office will be giving an update and answering questions from a legal perspective. We also get to support a local business that supports us by buying some food and bevies.

We need to be ready for a mass submission writing exercise when the EPBC review opens for public comment - once announced we only have 14 days to get those submissions in to the minister. This will be the most useful thing people can do in the near future.

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Postby Lophophaps » Thu 19 Nov, 2020 10:25 am

When making a submission, it's very important to use your own words. Certainly be guided by TWS et al, but your words are far better than a pro forma. It may be possible to recycle Central Highlands Council submissions. Not much has changed regarding environmental and economic impacts of the proposal.
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Postby potato » Thu 19 Nov, 2020 10:58 am

Lophophaps wrote:When making a submission, it's very important to use your own words. Certainly be guided by TWS et al, but your words are far better than a pro forma. It may be possible to recycle Central Highlands Council submissions. Not much has changed regarding environmental and economic impacts of the proposal.


x2 - having worked in several places that deal with submissions day to day, if it looks like a campaign, change.org or similar it may receive less weighting than original submissions.

Each agency has their own views on this but it is common to see campaign cut and pastes marked as nil action/response.
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Re: Luxury camp inside Walls of Jerusalem WHA with heli acce

Postby Nuts » Thu 19 Nov, 2020 12:36 pm

How many different opposing arguments are there? I can only think of the need to protect designated wilderness, the place and the concept. It's simple/ could be counted on one finger.. I hope these lawyers and the conservation corps (of the day) settle for nothing less, or they might as well join the developers. Accepting a better process, gilded in greenwash, is less. Let's not forget, through the heights of green popularity in Tassie the collective helped save a river and then, while reveling in a 'win', let these commercial developments in.
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