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.
‘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.