The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed correspondence from Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese to Greens Senator Bob Brown in relation to the proposed Three Capes walk, which states that Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service are still considering all options in relation to the proposal and taking into account the local community’s concerns.
Greens Environment spokesperson Cassy O’Connor MP said she applauded the Tasmanian Environment Minister, Brian Wightman for his openness to alternative options in the design of the proposal, including the consideration of locating infrastructure, including accommodation, associated with the proposal outside of the National Park’s boundaries.
Ms O’Connor also acknowledged statements from Federal Minister Albanese, which recognise that ongoing community consultation with residents and businesses of the Tasman Peninsula would underpin any success of the Three Capes proposal.
“It is heartening to see the Federal Minister’s statements in relation to the ongoing consideration of the Three Capes proposal by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.” Ms O’Connor said.
“It is a comfort to all Tasmanians who treasure their National Parks to hear that Minister Wightman is still considering all the options in relation to Three Capes, particularly the possibility of locating any infrastructure outside the precious, protected Tasman National Park.”
“We commend the work of all, Senator Brown, Minister Albanese and Minister Wightman for their work to secure support of the local community for an appropriately scaled iconic Three Capes walk on the Tasman Peninsula.” Ms O’Connor said.
Penelope Ann, Greens Candidate for Rumney
Three Capes Walk on Elections Agenda
The future of the Tasman National Park is a live issue for the Legislative Council election for the seat of Rumney (which includes the Tasman Peninsula), Greens candidate Penelope Ann said today.
Ms Ann is a tourism consultant and runs a tourism business on the Eastern Shore.
“Privately owned or run facilities should be outside our national parks. The Three Capes walk proposal should have its walking track upgrade separated from the huge potential impact of the accommodation proposal,” Ms Ann said.
“The local community has worked hard to come up with a series of first class sites, outside the park, for future privately built facilities. It is a win-win proposal.
“I will work to see both state and federal governments take up this better idea for the Peninsula’s future,” Ms Ann said.
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