Media Release - Industry orchestrates Tyndalls wilderness announcement as public sidelined

26 July 2019

The spectacular and fragile Tyndall Range was announced by the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania and Premier Hodgman today as the next publicly-funded walk for private enterprise in Tasmania’s wilderness. Because the Tyndalls are such a fragile mountain wilderness, we do not support this plan and we are already getting messages of despair from wilderness lovers who have cared for the Tyndalls for years.

‘Totally missing from the council-strategised announcement, attended by Premier Will Hodgman, is the National Park and World Heritage nomination this range should have had 30 years ago. When the Greens and Wilderness Society pushed extremely hard to include the Tyndalls wilderness in the 1989 extension of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, then Premier Field refused because of mining industry objections. The passing of the last 30 years has simply transferred control from the miners to the tourism developers,’ Bob Brown said today.
 
‘Today’s management of the announcement, with the TICT beaming out the press conference from Queenstown, says it all. This high-end private enterprise sector has taken over Tasmania’s wild and scenic heritage with Will Hodgman as the middleman and the wider public interest sidelined,’ Brown said.
 
‘Our foundation, like Tasmania’s other environmental groups, was not invited to the announcement of the fourth stage of the West Coast Tourism Association proposal which was planned to be 10 years away. Its priority was the Mount Owen sector which we back. We were happy with the first three stages which were in the West Coast Range and did not involve the fragile alpine country of the Tyndalls. We will take a few days to get feedback from wilderness experts and the Aboriginal community and then give it more considered comment,’ Brown said.

 

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  • Steven Chaffer
    published this page in Media Releases 2019-07-28 12:00:51 +1000