Call to wait on is­land works

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

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.”

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