The announcements today by the Hodgman Government on more tourism projects for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, would see the largest expansion of hut intrusions into the wilderness.
"The slow release of these plans for intrusions in to the World Heritage Area is a sham process without transparency and accountability. All of the remaining projects should be released now," Environmentalist Bob Brown said today.
"While there are some positive projects released today, such as the Gordon River experience by World Heritage Cruises, the missing detail on the proposals taints this insulting process that the Hodgman Government is undertaking. These announcements have no detail, and the devil will be in the detail," Bob Brown said.
"A circuit around Cradle Mountain with a proposed 'lodge'. What's next a circuit around Federation Peak with a lodge? No absurdity is off the agenda in this process of opening the World Heritage Area to such intrusions," Bob Brown said.
"In the Walls of Jerusalem, huts and a lodge proposal is a clear example of intrusive infrastructure better suited on private land outside the boundary of the World Heritage Area, that would benefit the local landowners and still provide for low impact recreation inside the World Heritage property, through guided walks," Bob Brown said.
"Public meetings are being held in Launceston and Hobart in the next fortnight to call for protection of the World Heritage Area from the Hodgman Government's attack," Bob Brown said.
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