Study cleared lake camp

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - EMILY BAKER

FED­ERAL En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Melissa Price’s del­e­gated de­ci­sion to not stand in the way of the lake Mal­bena tourist camp in the Cen­tral High­lands was based on a de­tailed as­sess­ment of World Her­itage val­ues, gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments re­veal.

The doc­u­ments ob­tained by the Gazette un­der freedom-of -in­for­ma­tion laws re­veal how Ms Price’s depart­ment de­ter­mined that mea­sures aimed at min­imis­ing the im­pact of the de­vel­op­ment were suf­fi­cient.

The ad­vice was light on de­tail about the number of he­li­copter flights in and out. But it clearly ad­vised the green light be given.

It failed to men­tion the pro­posed project would have at least 120 he­li­copter flights through the area each year.

The min­is­ter’s 16-page de­ci­sion brief­ing noted the pro­posed stand­ing camp de­vel­op­ment at Lake Mal­bena within the Walls of Jerusalem Na­tional Park was “lo­cally con­tentious” but rec­om­mended the project re­ceive the green light.

Ad­vice from the Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil against the project was not ref­er­enced.

But the doc­u­ment set out in de­tail why the fed­eral depart­ment con­sid­ered the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would not breach fed­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

That was be­cause pro­po­nents Daniel and Si­mone Hack­ett had agreed to mea­sures aimed at min­imis­ing the im­pact on wildlife, veg­e­ta­tion and the World Her­itage Area’s cul­tural and nat­u­ral cri­te­ria, it said.

The ini­tial re­fer­ral de­ci­sion brief, ob­tained by the Mer­cury, said Launceston de­vel­op­ers Daniel and Si­mone Hack­ett pro­posed 30 trips a year to Halls Island on Lake Mal­bena.

A doc­u­ment sep­a­rate to the de­ci­sion brief clar­i­fied this would be 60 to 120 flights.

A Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice staffer raised con­cerns he­li­copter use could neg­a­tively af­fect the wilder­ness recre­ational ex­pe­ri­ence of “many other users.

The Wilder­ness So­ci­ety will fight the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to ap­prove the Lake Mal­bena de­vel­op­ment in the Fed­eral Court. A pro­ce­dural hear­ing is listed for next week.

The Com­mon­wealth’s Au­gust 31 ap­proval means Mr and Mrs Hack­ett’s fi­nal hur­dle on the high-end de­vel­op­ment will be the Cen­tral High­lands Coun­cil.

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