Tasmanians Oppose World Heritage Handouts

As a $2.95 million taxpayer-funded handout for a private development inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is back in the news, a ReachTEL poll shows massive public opposition.

As a $2.95 million taxpayer-funded handout for a private development inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is back in the news, a ReachTEL poll shows massive public opposition.

The poll, commissioned by the Bob Brown Foundation, was taken on Wednesday night and asked 1,188 Tasmanian voters Do you support or oppose governments giving taxpayer money to private developers to build private resorts inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area?

A 3:1 majority - including a majority of Liberal voters - were opposed (see poll results attached). While 69.4% opposed taxpayer funding, only 23.0% were in support and 7.7% were unsure.

“This is a loud and clear message to the Liberals, especially Premier Hodgman, of WRONG WAY GO BACK,” Bob Brown said today.

“In a state without adequate funding of schools, hospitals and national parks, this poll shows that people will be appalled to find that $2.95 million of federal taxpayers’ money is being gifted to a private profiteer to build two-storey cabins for high-end tourists on the iconic South Coast Track.”

In a second ReachTEL question, a 2:1 majority of Tasmanians opposed Premier Hodgman’s interference with management plans for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to allow for private developments.

“Clearly Tasmanians are proud of our World Heritage wilderness and want its time-honoured management upheld. The premier’s determination to privatise the eyes out of the wilderness is going to meet great public disapproval,” Brown said.

4 May 2018

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The ReachTEL poll results are available here.


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  • Steven Chaffer
    commented 2018-05-05 18:09:59 +1000
    Well said Grant. Steven, BBF staff.
  • Grant Houniet
    commented 2018-05-05 11:16:08 +1000
    Commercialisation of our wild National Parks is a complex issue because how we view the issue today is very different from the reality that will hit us in 10 years time and beyond. I completed a degree in nature based tourism back in 1999 and have been watching this space in Australia and overseas with great interest and mostly sadness. These “eco” projects in our wild National Parks are mostly owned by a consortium of wealthy business people that are only looking for a large return on their investment.
    Why should the tax payer gift the financial capital to these businesses?
    Why should the tax payer be gifting our prime land to these businesses?
    We still have some wilderness left in Australia and this is a rare asset in a world of greed and development. Surely we should fight like hell to keep it.