Call to wait on island works
THE Central Highlands Council must defer any decision relating to approvals for building works on Halls Island until after the local government elections, a lobby group says.
The Fishers and Walkers Against Helicopter Access group opposed the government-approved helicopter access to Halls Island within Lake Maldena after the Federal Government signed off on the access in September.
FAWAHA spokesman Brett Smith said the council needed show it cared for the region by rejecting the proposal.
“If the council genuinely cared about the long term economic growth of the region, they would reject the proposal because the visitor experience to the region would be diminished with helicopters buzzing overhead,” he said.
“Central Highlands Council must listen to local and visiting anglers before they make any planning decision that would directly facilitate helicopter access to Lake Maldena.”
“There is no doubt Tasmania’s highland trout fishery is a key driver of economic growth for the Central Highlands.
“With helicopters around, anglers could stay away, costing local business and the community.”
Central Highlands Mayor Lou Triffitt said councillors would discuss the proposal at a council meeting this week.
“It’s still very early days, and other groups are getting involved to have their say on the matter,” Cr Triffitt said.
“This will be a topic of discussion for council this week.”