THE Property Council of Tasmania and the Tourism Industry Council have questioned the ability of the Central Highlands council to deal with complex planning matters in relation to the Lake Malbena development application which it failed to pass. Patronising. They knew exactly what they were doing; listening to 1344 (out of 1346) written objections and the 25 speakers at a public meeting.
The council knew they would be in for a fight and were prepared to take it on.
A large community supports them.
State and federal structures almost pushed this through without the need to listen to local constituents and a broader community concerned about developments in national parks, reserves and crown land.
An appeal in the Tasmanian Planning Commission by the proponents looks likely.
It will cost the council.
Perhaps they will consider crowdfunding.
Victoria Wilkinson, Grindelwald.
SOME years ago Daniel Hackett sought approval to build a standing camp at Lake Ina. To allay the concerns of anglers and members of the public about his proposal, he placed a statement on his website, Riverfly 1864.
Amongst other things the statement said:
“As we move towards environmental best practice, there are a few things that we definitely won’t be doing:
"We will not be applying to fly our customers into the Western Lakes.
"We believe that one of the greatest parts of the western lake's fishery is the remoteness, and the need to use your own energy and initiative to get there. We will not be building a private hut or lodge.
"One of the great enjoyments of our western lakes campouts is indeed the camping.
"In a world full of stuffy office blocks and hotel rooms filled with recycled air, we can see the value of sleeping under canvas.
"As such, our camp will remain as just that - a tent camp utilising tents for accommodation”.
I find it very interesting that Daniel now seems to have a totally different view on what his clients will be seeking from their wilderness experience.
Terry Byard, Warrane.
Reality and Honesty
I ECHO the sentiments of Pat Gartlan (The Examiner, March 1), regarding the dishonesty of the Bill currently before the Legislative Council.
It beggars belief, that anyone of sound mind, could honestly be prepared to disregard the law of nature and create a law that would deny the science of biology, to appease a few in our community who would have us believe that a boy can become a girl.
The same few have the power to be able to lobby for no gender on birth registration.
What will be the consequences of both of these pieces of legislation should they be passed into law?
Who will benefit?
Will it be for the good of the people?
Mary T. Bates, Exeter.
Clean up Australia Day
THUMBS up to all Clean Up Australia crews statewide for your selfless work in the heat on Sunday, March 3.
Locally in Legana, the Lions Club and the small but effective foreshore committee collected other peoples thoughtless garbage to make this suburb a better place for everyone.
Bottles, cans and milkshake containers with straws topped my list.
I squarely blame our state government for refusing to act on a container recycling scheme.
More specifically thumbs firmly down for the antisocial smoker who must regularly run out of cigarettes along Jetty Road.
Picking up nearly 30 identical empty fag packets and discarded plastic disposables, lighters was bad enough, but the many butts carelessly flicked from your car window could have caused a horrible fire.
I urge anyone who sees this pyromaniac litterbug to note the number-plate and report him or her.
Moira Wellman, Legana.
Black or White
WITHOUT any doubt the job of police would be impossible without the information given to them by defence lawyers, which is much more prevalent than the current Victorian case.
For example, a lawyer in the defence of a child molester and murderer finds that the charges against their client are indeed factual.
I have no problem with them giving that information to the police, such were cases of Tony Mokbel and Carl Williams, indeed warranted, so where exactly is the line to be drawn.
In my opinion, should a defence lawyer find the guilt of his or her client absolute and does zilch.
Do they not become accessories to that crime, as should priests under Catholic confession laws.
Don Davey, Launceston.
I FIND it difficult to follow the latest federal poll results. We all know that a vote for a particular local candidate is a vote for their leader to be prime minister.
Accordingly, I find the latest figures strange. Scott Morrison leads Bill Shorten 43 to 33 as preferred leader whereas Labor leads the Liberals 53 to 47.
Mr Morrison’s personal rating of 43 is roughly in line with the Liberal vote of 47.
However, Bill Shorten's personal vote of 33 is way short of the party’s vote of 53.
This effectively means that over one-third of people who either don't like or don't trust Mr Shorten are going to vote for him to run the country. Regardless of the party, your local member will only be a small cog in a large party machine.