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Fallow Deer Goal Must Be Eradication

Any move by Minister Barnett to commercialise the use of deer meat must have eradication of feral deer from the landscape as its goal.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jun 2020

Unlocking of Green Spaces Welcome

The Greens welcome the Premier’s announcement that Tasmania’s green spaces will be open to locals from this coming Monday. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 May 2020

Liberals' Feral Deer Mismanagement a Growing Threat

Tasmania’s feral deer numbers are increasing due to State Government policy that encourages population growth.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 2020

Illegal Clearing in TWWHA Must Be Investigated

The illegal tracking cutting on the shores of Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and adjoining lakes is a scandal and a crime against nature.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jan 2020

Liberals' Blatant EOI Greenwash Attempt

The Hodgman Government are spending $40 000 of public funds on this study to try to take the heat out of their privatisation of public protected areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2019

Another Opaque EOI Proposal, More Public Funds

The Greens questioned Parks Minister Gutwein about another secretive EOI project in a protected area and the apparent expenditure of public monies to enable it.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2019

Record National Parks Visitors Reinforce Need to Protect Wilderness Values

While being able to share our protected areas with visitors is a positive, the Liberals’ ever increasing growth model puts them at risk. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Sep 2018

Redneck Liberals Open National Parks and World Heritage Area for Hunting

It’s clear the Liberals have once again kowtowed to the powerful shooting lobby.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Aug 2018

Recreational Shooting in Protected Areas

We understand this is not about invasive species management, it is about hunting.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2018

Recreational Shooting in Protected Areas

The Minister has announced that recreational shooters will be allowed into protected areas, including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2018

2017 State of the State Address in Reply

We are now living through a time when the environmental challenges we are facing as an island and as a community are very, very significant.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Mar 2017

Centenary of National Parks Highlights Failures of Minister

On this weekend's centenary of national parks, Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, should admit Tasmania's protected areas are under unprecedented threat as a result of Liberal policies.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2016

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

We have just experienced devastating bushfires that burned an estimated 21 000 hectares of the TWWHA, yet the Budget papers show more than $6 million cut from an already underfunded Parks and Wildlife Service across the forward Estimates.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

At a time when Tasmanians should be celebrating this year’s centenary of Tasmania’s world class national parks and reserves, they are instead learning the details of the Liberal Government’s neglect and underfunding of the Parks and...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Jun 2016

Farrell Family to Benefit from Liberal Pork Barreling

With the Federal Liberals splashing public money on unapproved private developments in Tasmania's reserves, questions need to be answered about an apparent perversion of process and their priorities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 May 2016

Danger to Freycinet National Park Revealed

The full extent of the Liberals' destructive plan for the Freycinet National Park has been revealed by a group of concerned Coles Bay residents, business and shack owners.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2016

Liberals' Freycinet Exploitation Plan

Parks’ Minister, Matthew Groom, is overseeing a sham consultation process to enable increased exploitation of the fragile Freycinet National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2016

Liberals Locking Up More National Parks

A proposal to double the footprint of Freycinet Lodge in to the Freycinet National Park is yet another Liberal lock up for a selected private developer.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jan 2016

Three Capes Exclusive Monopoly

The Three Capes Walk is the first exclusive playground for the rich, in our Parks. Not only are individuals being charged the hefty fee of $500 to walk the track, but established eco-tourism operators are being excluded.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Dec 2015

Three Capes Access Still Clear as Mud

In Question Time today, Minister Groom confirmed the suspicions of many - talking up the luxury aspects of the Three Capes 'experience' this morning, but ignoring the burning question from ordinary Tasmanians, “Can I do the walk without...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Sep 2015

No Secret Deals for Tassie's WHA!

Minister for Parks Matthew Groom's claim that he is being open and transparent is laughable.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2015

End Parks Development Secrecy

The Department of State Growth has denied our Right to Information request seeking location details of the 37 proposals submitted to government.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  21 Jan 2015

Tasmanian Parks & Reserves

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

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  7 Dec 2014

Threat to National Parks

History has shown that the Greens were right to champion our protected areas as a key foundation for the tourism sector.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2014