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Developments in Parks Secrecy

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Thursday, 5 February 2015

Tags: Parks EOIs, Transparency, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

The government’s secret process to encourage development of Tasmania’s wilderness continues with Parks Minister Matthew Groom refusing to release details of proposals he has received under his expressions of Interest process.

“National Parks belong to the Tasmanian people, not Mr Groom, and his secret process is keeping us all in the dark,” Greens Parks spokesperson Nick McKim MP said.

“Mr Groom’s behaviour is making the Lennon government look like a model of transparency.”

“Mr Groom could release the locations of proposals he has received without compromising intellectual property in any way. That he refuses to do so says a lot about the contempt with which the Hodgman government is prepared to treat the Tasmanian people."

“For Mr Groom to set himself up as some kind of guardian of Tasmania’s wilderness is laughable given his draft management plan for the World Heritage Area which allows logging for the first time, and his decision to re-open tracks in the Tarkine region with no consultation with the Aboriginal people or conservation movement.”

“Mr Groom would not know the meaning of the word ‘sustainable’, which is why we do not trust him to oversee our world class reserve system,” Mr McKim said.