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Wilderness Defenders Will Never Give Up on Lake Malbena

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Tags: Lake Malbena, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, National Parks, Parks EOIs, Parks

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Parks spokesperson

In leading the court appeal against the recent decision on Lake Malbena, the Wilderness Society represents the broadest cross section of Tasmanians who love their wilderness and are opposed to its commercialization.

The development at Halls Island in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park is a travesty of proper process.  It shuts out the community, and it would degrade wilderness values.

The Lake Malbena proposal is the thin edge of the wedge for Tasmania’s protected areas.  There are around 30 other developments in the pipeline under the Liberals’ divisive and unpopular Expressions of Interest process for development in protected public lands.

The Liberals have managed to unite bushwalkers, fly fishers and recreational vehicle users in opposition to the project.

Anger about the Lake Malbena proposal cuts across all political divides. It’s simply about being Tasmanian and loving our shared natural treasures.

The Liberals signed away Halls Island inside the TWWHA for a steal in a move that would shut out Tasmanians who’ve been visiting Lake Malbena for decades.

They underestimate the determination of opponents of this development, and they do so at their political peril.