Private commercial helicopter access to Tassie’s wild places has been rightly contentious for decades. Numerous previous proposals have been successfully rejected by an unlikely alliance of bushwalkers, fly fishermen, conservationists and advocates for wilderness protection—including the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee.
This new proposal to fly high-paying guests into the Walls of Jerusalem National Park for luxury accommodation is the first such proposal for years, but it comes after the State Liberal Government weakened the protection for wilderness in the Management Plan for the World Heritage Area. If it goes ahead, it will destroy wilderness values, impact the experience of other users and be the thin-edge-of-the-wedge when it comes to a new wave of commercialisation of Tasmania's wild places.
Worse still, this project has been shrouded in secrecy, having had two in-house assessments by the Tasmanian Government that blocked public consultation.
This is your first chance to have a say. Help us defend wilderness from helicopters, huts and high-end developments that come at great cost—for both guests and Tassie’s remote and wild character.
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