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Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Liberals Must Release Details of All EOI Proposals

Media Release - 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 - 29 Jan 2020

Illegal Clearing in TWWHA Must Be Investigated

Media Release - 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 - 17 Jan 2020

Lake Malbena Decision a Mess of the Liberals' Making

Media Release - The Federal Court’s decision to set aside the determination that the Lake Malbena proposal was not a ‘controlled action’ under national environment law sits solely with the Liberals.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 13 Nov 2019

Greens Motion - Reserve Activity Assessment Process for Developments in Parks

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor moves a motion to halt the EOI process until a new statutory process - that allows for public consultation and an appeal on matters pertaining to compliance with a Management Plan - is in place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Oct 2019

Liberal Motion - EOI Process in National Parks and Reserves

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 30 Oct 2019

Commonwealth Funding for Bushfire Protection

Parliamentary Activity - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over why he has failed to request additional firefighting funding from the Australian Government.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 30 Oct 2019

TWWHA Tourism Master Plan Under Conflict of Interest Cloud

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 May 2019

Climate-Related Fire Events - Resourcing

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN Last Friday, an estimated 8000 passionate, frightened young Tasmanians gathered on parliament's lawns to demand action on climate.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 20 Mar 2019

Private Developer Given Tick for Development in the Walls of Jerusalem

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 Sep 2018

Redneck Liberals Open National Parks and World Heritage Area for Hunting

Media Release - It’s clear the Liberals have once again kowtowed to the powerful shooting lobby with their decision to open up Tasmania’s protected areas for recreational shooting, under the guise of environmental management.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Aug 2018

Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it is always a pleasure to listen to the inaugural speeches of new members. I congratulate Jennifer Houston and Alison Standen on fantastic inaugural speeches.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 May 2018

TWWHA Tourism Master Plan

Parliamentary Activity - Acknowledges the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s expressed strong concern over commercial exploitation of the TWWHA and called on the Tasmanian Government to develop a Tourism Master Plan.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 May 2018

Environment and Parks Last in State Budget

Media Release - 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 - 26 May 2017

Salmon Farming - Damage to World Heritage Area in Macquarie Harbour

Parliamentary Activity - Ms DAWKINS question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM[10.30 a.m.]

- 15 Mar 2017

Groom's Refusal to Confirm Salmon Destock After World Heritage Damage

Media Release - In Question Time today, Environment Minister, Matthew Groom, refused to confirm Tassal will meet the EPA deadline of April 15 and have all their fish out of Franklin lease in Macquarie Harbour.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Apr 2017

Liberals Required to Act on TWWHA Damage to Macquarie Harbour

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

Andrea Dawkins - 15 Mar 2017

2017 State of the State Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - I note that, on this International Women's Day, the Minister for Health and the Treasurer have risen to leave the Chamber as the only female leader in the House gets to her feet to respond to...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 8 Mar 2017

One Year After Devastating Fires, Sluggish Response from Hodgman Government

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Parks spokespersonToday marks the grim one year anniversary of bushfires that threatened Tasmanian communities and caused irreparable damage to ancient wilderness landscapes, yet the Hodgman Liberal...

- 13 Jan 2017

TWWHA Bushfire Report Confirms Urgent Need for Fire Fighting Investment

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

Andrea Dawkins - 20 Dec 2016

Liberals Prioritise Presentation over Preservation in the TWWHA

Media Release - In their recommendations earlier this year, the World Heritage Committee expressly requested State and Federal governments protect the unique wilderness value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Dec 2016

Call for No Commercial Tourism in Protected Areas

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 22 September 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Recognises the outstanding universal value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and its globally significant natural and cultural values.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 22 Sep 2016

Greens Release Sensible Guide for Tourism in Protected Areas

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonAndrea Dawkins MP | Greens Tourism spokesperson Cassy O'Connor MP:

- 11 Sep 2016

Centenary of National Parks Highlights Failures of Minister

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonOn 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.

- 27 Aug 2016

Support for Great Western Tiers National Park Inside TWWHA

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 23 August 2016Cassy O'Connor MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the United Nations World Heritage Committee's recommendation to resolve the tenure of extensions to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that were...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 23 Aug 2016

World Heritage Committee Request Must be Heard

Media Release - The Greens welcome the World Heritage Committee's request to implement the recommendations of their expert mission.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Jul 2016

Groom Can't Ignore Planning Commission on TWWHA

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderParks Minister, Matthew Groom, signed off on a government response to the flawed draft World Heritage Area Management Plan which has drawn criticism from the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

- 13 Jul 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Parliamentary Activity - It gives me great pleasure to present the Tasmanian Greens' fully costed Alternative Budget for 2016-17. It continues a long-standing tradition of the Tasmanian Greens to present an alternative vision for the future of Tasmania. 

Cassy O'Connor MP - 31 May 2016

State Budget 2016: Parks Funding Slashed and Burnt

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 1 Jun 2016

Parks Minister Exposed for Gutting PWS Bushfire Funding

Media Release - 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 - 1 Jun 2016

Tasmanian Greens' Alternative Budget

Media Release - 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 - 31 May 2016

Government Must Provide More Time for Consultation on State Planning Provisions

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes that the Draft State Planning Provisions (SPPs) fail to prioritise the interests of the community, and protection of the environment, ahead of development interests.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 31 May 2016

Fire Management and Planning Need Adequate Resources for Remote Fireys

Parliamentary Activity - Motion calling on the Hodgman Government to properly fund the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, enabling it to retain its experienced remote firefighters and to undertake effective fire management planning and operations throughout the...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 25 May 2016

Sustainable Tourism Way Forward for Tassie

Media Release - 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 - 12 May 2016

Call for Hodgman Liberal Government to Reject Committee Recommendation on DGR Status for Environmental Groups

Parliamentary Activity - Thursday 5 May 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes recommendations from the House of Representatives Environmental Standing Committee that environmental groups carry out 25% of their activities in...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 5 May 2016

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

Parliamentary Activity - 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 - 5 May 2016

Savage Cuts to Protection of Tasmanian Wilderness

Media Release - Minister Groom stood resolutely with his anti-environment Federal colleagues in Parliament this morning, as he sought to defend savage Commonwealth funding cuts to management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

Liberals See Tasmania's Wilderness Only For its Economic Value

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 4 May 2016Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM[10.28 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

No Respect From Disinterested Liberal Ministers

Parliamentary Activity - Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I wanted to make a brief contribution having listened to the excellent analysis of the state of the swift parrot by Ms Woodruff.  When the minister got to his feet, I thought he...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2016

State Fire Commission Report

Parliamentary Activity - Rosalie discusses the report on the inquiry into the State Fire Commission, and the Greens' dissenting report.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Apr 2016

Liberal Member for Braddon Shows Ignorance on Forestry Burns

Parliamentary Activity - Motion criticising Liberal Member for Braddon, Mrs Joan Rylah MP, for misleading comments on Greens' fuel reduction burns policy and calling on the Government to properly fund fuel reduction burns in the TWHHA.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 26 Apr 2016

Bushfire Inquiry A Whitewash

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Fire spokespersonThe Bushfire Inquiry findings paint over the devastation of the summer bushfires in the World Heritage Area. It's as though they never existed.

- 27 Apr 2016

Greens' Response to Announcement of New Political Group

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe beauty of a democracy is that any group of concerned citizens can speak up and establish organisations to represent their concerns. It is, of course, disappointing to hear that a member of the United...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Apr 2016

TWWHA Still in Limbo

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe government's statements about not logging in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is a step forward but Tasmanians need to know what the Liberals really mean when they say...

- 21 Mar 2016

Burning Questions Unanswered over TWWHA Fires

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonIn Question Time today, neither the Minister for Parks, Mr Groom, nor the Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Hidding, could explain why it took so long for the State to request extra...

- 17 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Media Release - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 15 Mar 2016

Premier Fails to Address the Biggest Issue in State of the State

Media Release - The Premier spoke for forty minutes in his State of the State address today, and despite acknowledging the drought, unprecedented dry lightning strikes, bushfires that irreversibly damaged the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and a...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Mar 2016

Has Groom Breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct?

Media Release - Environment Minister, Matthew Groom, has been given two opportunities in Parliament to confirm that he wrote to the Premier to declare a conflict of interest in relation to his brother's development at Bernacchi Lodge, inside the Tasmanian...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 9 Mar 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.Matthew Groom has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is not up to...

- 18 Feb 2016

A 'Review' into TWWHA Fires is a Cop Out

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonWith an estimated 14,000 hectares of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) burned or still burning, and legitimate resourcing questions being asked, the Premier's...

- 4 Feb 2016

Significant Resourcing Needed to Save Alpine Wilderness

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonWith weather conditions easing, this week is the critical week to stave off catastrophic damage to Tasmania’s priceless alpine and rainforest wilderness areas.

- 25 Jan 2016

Groom's EOI Process a Shambles

Media Release - 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 - 29 Nov 2015

Liberal Greenwash Won't Fool Lonely Planet

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonAs 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...

- 6 Nov 2015

Lonely Planet Hits Out at Hodgman Government

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Hodgman Government is damaging Tasmania's wilderness tourism brand internationally.*Travel Bible Lonely Planet has advised travellers to get in quick or miss out on Tasmania's...

- 5 Nov 2015

Groom Content to Pillage TWWHA

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Parks spokespersonThe Hodgman Government's passionate desire to log, mine and increase private development in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area not only shows a reckless disregard for its...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 17 Sep 2015

Harriss in Denial on TWWHA Logging

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokespersonResources Minister, Paul Harriss, has made it clear the government plans to blunder on and log in protected areas, including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), in...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 16 Sep 2015

Liberals Caught in World Heritage Bind of Their Own Making

Media Release - The Hodgman Government is delusional if it believes it can negotiate with the UNESCO World Heritage committee to allow logging, mining and intensified private tourism operations in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP - 5 Sep 2015

Heritage No Excuse for Logging the TWWHA

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Environment and Heritage spokespersonSenator Colbeck's comments supporting selective logging in the World Heritage Area are offensive, and use of heritage as a transparent disguise is laughable.Heritage is a key...

- 7 Jul 2015

Minister Harriss being Deliberately Deceitful over WHA Logging

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderResources Minister, Paul Harriss’s ridiculous claim that the Greens supported logging in the World Heritage Area does not stand up to scrutiny.  He is, again, being deceitful and divisive for base political...

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 Jul 2015

Mining Ban needs to be in WHA Management Plan as Government Ignores United Nations on Logging and Tenure

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokespersonThe government’s claim that it is not planning to conduct ‘broad-scale logging’ in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) does not stand up to scrutiny, and represents a continued snub...

- 3 Jul 2015

United Nations Slaps Down Groom on WHA Logging and Mining

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokespersonThe United Nations has humiliated the state government by slapping down its plans to log and mine inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

- 2 Jul 2015

Liberals Forest Council in Disarray

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Forests spokespersonForests Minister Paul Harriss has been exposed by members of his own Ministerial Advisory Council on Forestry as having no plan for Forestry Tasmania.He has also been exposed as an authoritarian,...

- 19 Jun 2015

Hunt Leaves State Government Isolated on World Heritage Area Logging and Mining

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Parks spokespersonCommonwealth Environment Minister Greg Hunt has left the Tasmanian government completely isolated in its plan to allow logging and mining in Tasmania's World Heritage Area.

- 27 Jun 2015

Premier's Claims on Wilderness Logging & Mining Beggar Belief

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Tourism spokespersonTasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has claimed today in Budget Estimates that logging and mining can be conducted in wilderness areas without compromising wilderness values in any way.When repeatedly...

- 9 Jun 2015

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage

Parliamentary Activity - Nick McKim MP on tomorrow to move -That this House:

- 4 Jun 2015

TWWHA Draft Management Plan

Parliamentary Activity - Mr McKIM question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT,

- 3 Jun 2015

Minister Should Support Public Hearings on Draft TWWHA Plan

Media Release - 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.

- 3 Jun 2015

World Heritage Committee lacks trust in Hodgman and Abbott Governments

Media Release - Nick McKim MP | Greens Environment spokespersonThe Tasmanian Government's proposal to allow logging and mining in the World Heritage Area has prompted an extraordinary response from the United Nations, including a proposal to send a UNESCO...

- 30 May 2015