“The cumulative impact on both world heritage and natural heritage values would be considerable, particularly noting the impact of helicopters on the outstanding natural aesthetic value of the wilderness area in which it is situated” (Australian Heritage Council)
“Make the access easy by allowing helicopters… and the Western Lakes becomes just another ordinary place like every other ordinary place in the world.” (Greg French, Fishing Guide)
Like many of you, we’re concerned by plans to allow private tourism development in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, and helicopter flights to stunning Lake Malbena and over surrounding areas. The project would see Halls Island effectively privatised, with associated helicopter flights disturbing the tranquillity that is so important to those who love the Western Lakes.
So, we’re heading to court. EDO Tasmania has filed a legal challenge on behalf of our clients, The Wilderness Society, seeking to overturn the Federal Government’s decision to allow a tourism project to proceed without detailed assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). If we are successful, the Federal Government would have to go back to the drawing board and make a clear, transparent assessment of the environmental impacts of this project.
This case will help ensure our environmental laws are being upheld and used to protect our internationally-recognised wild places in the way the community expects. It is a crucial step towards ensuring the TWWHA remains in public hands and safe from over-development.
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