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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

TWWHA Tourism Master Plan Submission

The draft Tourism Master Plan does not fulfil the purpose as described by UNESCO. At best it is an exercise in green-...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  9 Apr 2020

Liberals Must Rule Out Cable Car as Major Project

The Liberals’ announcement they plan to table major projects legislation has sent ripples of worry through the community.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Mar 2020

Liberals Must Release Details of All EOI Proposals

Tasmanians have a right to know what their government is doing on their behalf – especially when it comes to public lands.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Jan 2020

Rosny Hill Development Approval

The approval of plans to privatise the Rosny Hill Recreation Area is a slap in the face to the local community.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 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

Lake Malbena Decision a Mess of the Liberals' Making

The Federal Court’s has decided to set aside the determination that the Lake Malbena proposal was not a ‘controlled action’.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Nov 2019

Lake Malbena Development Application

The Tasmanian Greens submission to the Lake Malbena development application to the Central Highlands Council.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  15 Feb 2019

Protecting Parks and Reserves

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018

Guide for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas

<p>The Tasmanian Greens believe that tourism in protected areas should be sustainable, publicly owned, and not...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  11 Sep 2016

Reserve Activity Assessment Process for Developments in Parks

Understands Tasmania’s National Parks and Reserves are protected for their outstanding natural and cultural values.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Oct 2019

EOI Process in National Parks and Reserves

Cassy O'Connor speaks against the Liberals' motion to support the Liberals' EOI Process for tourism developments in Parks and Reserves.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  30 Oct 2019

Alternative Budget 2019-20

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Policies  |  29 May 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2019

Estimates Reply - Premier

They have let short-stay accommodation listings expand unchecked, underinvested in social and affordable housing, and underinvested in the health system.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  11 Jun 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2019

TWWHA Tourism Master Plan Under Conflict of Interest Cloud

The Liberals’ corrupted EOI process for tourism development within Parks and Reserves is under yet another cloud.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 May 2019

World Heritage Area - Tourism Master Plan - Alleged Conflict of Interest

The Minister failed to answer the question about your private consultant's conflict of interest with drafting the Tourism Master Plan.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2019

World Heritage Area - Tourism Master Plan

The successful tenderer responsible for drafting the master plan is a private consultant who is being engaged at a cost of more $300,000 to the taxpayer.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2019

Leonie Hiscutt MLC in Political La-La Land

The Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council, Leonie Hiscutt MLC, is in political la-la land if she thinks Labor stands for the environment.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Mar 2019

Lake Malbena Rejection Exposes EOI Process as a Sham

The Central Highlands Council have listened to the overwhelming community opposition to the proposal for Lake Malbena.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2019

Wilderness Lost and Heritage at Risk if Lake Malbena Proposal Proceeds

The case against the proposal for helicopter-accessed luxury huts at Lake Malbena in the World Heritage Area grows stronger by the day.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2018

Liberals' Wilderness Wrecking a National Disgrace

An in depth report details the extreme threat the Liberals’ commercialisation and privatisation agenda poses to the Tasmanian wilderness.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Nov 2018

Premier Must Explain Why Advisory Council Advice Was Ignored on Walls of Jerusalem Proposal

The Greens today tabled a leaked copy of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee’s submission to the Federal Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Oct 2018

The Eco-tourism Lie of the Three Capes Luxury Lodges

One of the great coastal wilderness areas is diminished, with the launch today of Tasmanian Walking Company’s luxury lodges in the Tasman National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Sep 2018

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

Private Developer Given Tick for Development in the Walls of Jerusalem

The Liberals’ planned death by a thousand cuts for Tasmania’s wilderness took a step forward today.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2018

Hodgman Refuses to Rule Out Further Support for Cable Car

In Parliament today, the Premier refused to rule out further tangible support for the proposed cable car.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Aug 2018

Lake Malbena - Anglers Alliance Tasmania's Concerns about the TWWHA

The Coordinator-General recommended approval of the Lake Malbena project in 2015, despite it being prohibited under the 1999 management plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2018

Lake Malbena - Development in the TWWHA

We have here a leaked copy of the reserve activity assessment for the Lake Malbena proposal.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2018

Liberals Plundering Protected Areas, Underfunding Parks

The Liberals’ announcement today of funding for Parks’ infrastructure is more about corporate welfare and special favours to developers.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  21 Feb 2018

Parks Funding Trade-off for Commercial Exploitation

While the Greens welcome a belated boost to Tasmania's underfunded Parks, under the Liberals this money is about allowing for the increased commercial exploitation of public protected areas.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2017

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

The State Budget, like the Liberals’ previous Budgets, has an obvious loser - our environment and Parks.  With the exception of some extra Federal funds, it provides no additional State money.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017

Salmon Farming - Damage to World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour

Yesterday, salmon producer Huon Aquaculture revealed damning evidence that the Macquarie Harbour salmon farming dead zone has spread one kilometre into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Mar 2017

Premier Misleads Tasmanians over Crown Land Giveaways

On radio this morning, the Premier misled Tasmanians over what is becoming a private developer feeding frenzy over public Crown Land assets.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2017

Liberals Show Two Faces on Aboriginal Heritage

Amendments to the Aboriginal Relics Act are an improvement on the current, racist legislation, but the bill tabled in Parliament today is both a lost opportunity and a clear sign that the Liberals wear two faces on Aboriginal heritage...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2017

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

Environment Minister, Matthew Groom must protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from further damage from salmon farming.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2017

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

Cable Car Land Deal Smells Like Cronyism

kunanyi/Mt Wellington should be protected for its outstanding natural and cultural values, not carved up by the Liberals to suit a single developer pushing a single, divisive project.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2017

Potential Tassal TWWHA Damage Demands Federal Action

Tassal CEO, Mark Ryan, yesterday publicly told Tasmanians that Tassal's operations in Macquarie Harbour had polluted the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2017

One Year After Devastating Fires, Sluggish Response from Hodgman Government

From 13 January to 15 March last year, dry lightning strikes sparked 145 fires that burned approximately 126 800 hectares across the State, including an estimated 19 800 ha (1.3%) of the TWWHA.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  13 Jan 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

The Greens welcome Dr Tony Press’ Report into last January’s fires in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  20 Dec 2016

Park Management

The recent report of the Auditor-General on Park Management had a number of troubling findings.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Nov 2016

Liberals Refuse to Rule Out Logging in Wielangta Tourist Drive

The Hodgman Government's plans to extend the Great Eastern Drive by upgrading Wielangta Road are threatened by their own political agenda.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Warped Liberal Priorities Put Tourism at Risk

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom’s Parks 21 progress report today comes on the heels of yesterday's Auditor General's report into Parks and Wildlife funding.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 Nov 2016

Auditor General Report on Parks Makes Strong Case for Increased Funding

A report from the State's Auditor General on Park Management makes it clear Tasmania's world class national parks and reserves are under-funded, severely impacting on park management.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Nov 2016

Greens Table Peter Murrell Reserve Petition

I had the pleasure of tabling a petition in Parliament today opposing the TasWater pipeline being proposed to cut through the Peter Murrell Conservation Area.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Oct 2016

Call for No Commercial Tourism in Protected Areas

Recognition of the outstanding universal value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and its globally significant natural and cultural values.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  22 Sep 2016

Welcome Backflip on Macquarie Island Research Station

The Greens warmly welcome the announcement of a continuing year-round presence on Macquarie Island, and thank all who contributed to the decision.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2016

Premier Failing on Macquarie Island Travesty

While his Federal Liberal colleagues first slashed jobs at the CSIRO in Hobart, the Premier was reduced to wringing his hands and expressing his disappointment.

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

Greens Release Sensible Guide for Tourism in Protected Areas

In the absence of any clear criteria for the management of tourism in Tasmania's protected areas, the Tasmanian Greens today released a guide to sustainable tourism that ensures wilderness and cultural heritage protection are prioritised.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Sep 2016

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

Support for Great Western Tiers National Park Inside TWWHA

The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have agreed to accept all the World Heritage Committee's recommendations in response to the draft World Heritage Area Management Plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  23 Aug 2016

More Secrecy Over Parks EOIs

It was disappointing today to have Minister Groom decline to explain the Net Public Benefit test his department uses to determine whether a tourism proposal should be supported by government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 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

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

The Greens believe governments should have a vision for the future that extends beyond the next election.   We recognise that genuine planning for the 21st century requires a long term vision and the courage to make bold decisions to drive...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 May 2016

EOI Process Lets Down Freycinet and RACT

Calls on the Government to work with RACT to find a more suitable location to expand its business using a model that is self-sufficient and not reliant on tax payer subsidy and a further intrusion into the Freycinet National Park.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Dishonest Liberal Government Budget Lacks Vision and Courage

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2016/17 Budget lacks courage and a vision for the future.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Sustainable Tourism Way Forward for Tassie

The Greens welcome the visitors that are coming to our shores, but warn the government to protect our wild places and regional communities from ruin.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 May 2016

Federal Budget 2016: Libs Cut TWWHA Management Funding by $3.4m

The 2016 Federal Budget confirmed a $3.4M cut to management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) in 2016-17, with the funding for management of the TWWHA extension flatlining to zero in 2018-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

Liberals See Tasmania's Wilderness Only For its Economic Value

The budget papers show a massive cut to Commonwealth funding for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

No Respect From Disinterested Liberal Ministers

It is extremely disappointing to have a minister sitting in the Chamber while a member is speaking to matters within his portfolio responsibility, and yet the minister does not acknowledge the contribution.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Premier's Failure in Canberra Sees Tasmania Left Off the Budget Map

There was nothing in the Federal Budget for Tasmania's education system, no extra funding for years 5 and 6 of Gonski.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

Liberals' Development-at-any-Cost Stance Threatens Coles Bay

Last year the proposed changes to the Freycinet National Park were explained as necessary for the Freycinet Lodge to expand, as per the proposal submitted to your Office of the Coordinator-General.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Apr 2016

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

The Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Apr 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

Still No Answer from Groom on Bernacchi Lodge

How can you claim you have not breached the ministerial code of conduct and why should you not be referred to the Integrity Commission?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  15 Mar 2016

Groom Dodges Question on Breach of Ministerial Code of Conduct

The ministerial code of conduct is clear that when a conflict of interest arises between personal interests and official duties, ministers must declare any such conflict of interest in writing to the Premier as soon as possible after...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  9 Mar 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

It is clear from a Right to Information request we lodged that Mr Groom sat on his hands for at least two weeks after the fires began on 13 January and that no request was made to the Commonwealth for help.

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

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

The Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2016

A 'Review' into TWWHA Fires is a Cop Out

With an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Feb 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

Significant Resourcing Needed to Save Alpine Wilderness

With weather conditions easing, this week is the critical week to stave off catastrophic damage to Tasmania’s priceless alpine and rainforest wilderness areas.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jan 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

Groom's EOI Process a Shambles

Parks Minister, Matthew Groom, again has egg on his face, this time over his headlong rush to develop in Tasmania's National Parks and World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Nov 2015

Liberal Greenwash Won't Fool Lonely Planet

As Greens Leader, I have today co-signed a letter with Greens Senator Nick McKim to Lonely Planet, in response to their travel advisory yesterday warning that Tasmania’s wilderness is under threat.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Nov 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's pristine wilderness, "before compromises are made".

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Nov 2015

'Open For Business' Ensures Cable Car Proponent's Easy Ride

The gazettal today of a boundary extension to the development zone on kunanyi/Mt Wellington is proof that 'open for business' means private developers can be assured they will be given ready access to public assets under this Liberal...

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Nov 2015

Groom Reveals Arm End Entitlement

The government's helping hand in turning the state reserve at Arm End at South Arm over to developers of a private golf course has been revealed this morning.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Oct 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

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Minister Groom's obfuscating and empty statements about 'traditional industries' in question time reveal a stunning disregard for Tasmania's protected places.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Sep 2015

P&W Service Job Cuts

Parks Minister Matthew Groom must intervene and stop the 25-30 Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) job cuts.

Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 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