Media Release: GUTWEIN TURNS WORLD HERITAGE AREA INTO AIMLESS SHOOTING GALLERY.

The Bob Brown Foundation says that Premier Peter Gutwein has come up with a plan for shooting feral deer in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area which is aimless and the worst of all worlds.

“Far from being a scientifically based cull, the Gutwein plan is to turn part of the World Heritage Area into a recreational shooting zone. Shooters will be chosen by lottery. This is a shocking outcome from years of genuine public input to the government and with all parties - environmentalists, shooters and farmers - agreed that the World Heritage Area should be rid of deer altogether through a properly designated program using professional culling,” Bob Brown said.

The Central Plateau component of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, including the Great Western Tiers and Tumbledown Creek area north and east of Lake Arthur, and the Mother Lords Plains and other areas adjacent the Great Lake, are being tuned into a permanent shooting gallery. The biggest concession to public safety for bushwalkers in the area is that shooters should wear hi-viz vests or hats. This plan could spread the destructive deer faster, rather than eliminate them from this fragile highland environment,” he said.

“This is government delinquency. The premier should outline how he sees his lottery for recreational shooters ridding the TWWHA of feral deer. He should also outline the public safety measures for other users of the high plateau and tiers when these lottery shooters move in. As feral deer have already reached across the western lakes of the plateau as far as the Walls of Jerusalem, one of Tasmania’s world-renowned beauty spots, Premier Gutwein should explain what, if anything, his plan will do to solve a problem which is rapidly worsening on his watch.”


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2021-12-16 17:57:24 +1100