Keeping Lake Malbena Wild: Can you help?

Lk Malbena & distant Walls of Jerusalem from Mt Oana, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area

Lk Malbena & distant Walls of Jerusalem from Mt Oana, Walls of Jerusalem National Park

“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.

We’re taking on this legal action to protect Tasmania’s World Heritage Area and to keep our wild places wild. But we need your help.

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.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us to fight to keep Tasmania’s wild places wild.

Thanks for your support!

Vale, Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC

Wilcox, McIntyre, FeehelyEDO Tasmania was sad to hear that Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC passed away during the week.  His Honour was a quiet but formidable force in environmental law, and was instrumental in establishing the EDO network.

We’ll continue our work to do justice to his legacy.  Vale, Murray.

You can read more about this wonderful man in this tribute published earlier this year.

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual ReportThanks to everyone who came along to our AGM on Monday evening to hear about what we’ve been up to over the past 12 months and what’s in store for the next year.

We’re delighted to welcome the 2018-19 Management Committee and to announce our new team for 2019.  Read all about it in our Annual Report!

To support us to keep up the good work, you can make a tax-deductible donation.

EDO Tas Bulletin 16/2018


Lake Malbena decision challenged, ASC standards questioned, Planning Policies proposed, Climate Act reviewed… all this and more in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.

TWS seeks review of Lake Malbena decision


EDO Tasmania is representing The Wilderness Society (TWS) in proceedings challenging the decision that the proposed Halls Island/Lake Malbena helicopter-accessed standing camp does not require approval under the EPBC Act.

The case explores important issues regarding the operation of national environmental laws, the level of scrutiny expected for developments in our wild places, and the responsibilities of the Federal Minister in assessing proposals that put internationally-recognised wilderness values at risk.

For more information about the case, click here.

Care about Tasmania’s wilderness? Make a tax-deductible donation to support our involvement in this case and other work to protect Tasmania’s national parks and reserves. 

EDO Tas Bulletin 15/2018

Swift Parrot 11206No EPBC Act approval required for Storm Bay expansion, emissions data released, access to information commitments, funding for swift parrots, comments on Dove Lake and Cockle Creek proposals, and more in the latest EDO Tas Bulletin.