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Minister Should Support Public Hearings on Draft TWWHA Plan

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Tags: Environment, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Nick McKim MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Parks Minister Matthew Groom should support public hearings into his draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) at the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

Given the fact that Mr Groom’s draft management plan, which allows for logging and mining in the TWWHA, has elicited such a strongly negative response from both the United Nations and the Tasmanian people, it is imperative that the Tasmanian Planning Commission provides for public hearings when it examines the plan.

With over 7000 submissions received on his draft plan there is an extremely strong public interest argument for the TPC to hold public hearings.

The TPC held public hearings relating to the proposed changes to the Wellington Park development zone, and given the international implications of allowing logging and mining in the TWWHA it should do the same for Mr Groom’s appalling draft plan.