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Tasmanian Parks & Reserves

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Sunday, 7 December 2014

Tags: Parks, Tourism, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, National Parks

The agreement between the tourism industry and the Parks Service represents a dangerous shift in the way Tasmania's World Heritage Area and National Parks are managed.

"Parks were created to protect and enhance natural and cultural values, but this government wants to exploit them as a plaything for those wealthy enough to afford high end tourism developments," said Greens Parks spokesperson Nick McKim MP.

"This is not about improving access to our parks. It is about creating no-go zones where Tasmanians will be locked out of their own Parks unless they can afford to pay the price."

"It is simply not possible to develop in wilderness areas without compromising the very values that attract so many visitors to Tasmania."

"The Expression of Interest process is so secretive that Minister Groom will not even reveal the locations of proposed developments, let alone the identity of the proponents. He has been completely captured by the Tourism Industry Council, and can no longer be trusted to look after our precious wild places," Mr McKim said.