Media Release: Tasmanian government funds a White Elephant bridge in the Weld Valley while nearby World Heritage walks are left derelict.

The Bob Brown Foundation has slammed a new Weld River bridge near Judbury, built at great expense to the taxpayer. The money allocated to the bridge is in stark contrast to the non-funding of urgent repairs needed in the nearby Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area where popular tracks remain closed nearly two years after the 2019 bushfires.
 
“The Gutwein government has allowed Sus Timber Tasmania to waste at least half a million dollars on this bridge to log a handful of small coupes of forests over the next three years. The re-opened Weld bridge will add pressure on the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) as it struggles to manage illegal activities in the adjacent World Heritage Area. These activities have included a car pushed off Glovers Bluff and not retrieved, illegal off-road vehicles making the walking track to Fletchers Eddy on the Weld River a squalid mess and illegal logging for firewood,” Bob Brown Foundation's Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
 
“The PWS is in dire need of funds - it can’t deal with the incursions in the Weld Valley. It has been effectively gutted by successive governments. It should be one of the best funded departments in the state and not trying to make do with a relative pittance,” Jenny Weber said.
 
“The original Weld River Bridge caused great controversy. It was built after the Tahune Airwalk to divert logging trucks out of the tourists’ sight. Tahune should be made the gateway to the World Heritage Weld Valley and native forest logging removed from the landscape. Regardless, this bridge is a white elephant,” Jenny Weber said.
 
“Given their huge carbon storehouse, wildlife habitat and tourism potential, Tasmania’s native forests should be transferred to PWS.”


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