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LABOR AMENDS GREENS SENATE LAKE MALBENA MOTION TO RECOGNISE ANGLERS

December 06, 2018

LABOR AMENDS GREENS SENATE LAKE MALBENA MOTION TO RECOGNISE ANGLERS

Labor has successfully amended a proposed Greens Party motion in the Senate regarding Lake Malbena, to recognise the need for Tasmania’s recreational anglers to be properly consulted through Federal assessment of the Lake Malbena development proposal.

Labor Senator for Tasmania Anne Urquhart said: “The motion called on the Liberal Environment Minister to declare the project a controlled action and properly instigate a full assessment.

“The Federal Government has failed to give any consideration to the voice of submitters to the referral process, such as the 27,000 anglers represented by the Anglers Alliance of Tasmania, whose well written submission clearly addressed relevant matters under the EPBC Act,” Senator Urquhart said.

“The Greens motion failed to include any acknowledgement of recreational anglers nor have them considered as part of any future assessment.”

Labor has successfully amended the motion to ensure the proper recognition of the Anglers Alliance of Tasmania that advocates on behalf of 27,000 recreational fishers.

Labor’s amendment also means the motion calls on any future assessment to ensure recreational anglers are included in any public hearings.

Member for Braddon Justine Keay said: “The biggest concern from anglers through the entire Lake Malbena debate is that they have not been heard, nor given the opportunity have their concerns properly considered.”

“Labor supports sensible tourism development in and adjacent to World Heritage Areas. The Thousand Lakes Lodge at Lake Augusta and the Pumphouse Point development at Lake St Clair are two such examples.”

“However the Federal approvals process for any developments in sensitive areas must be robust and should include the consideration of all views. This type of approach is critical to give the wider community the confidence a proper process has been undertaken.

“Unfortunately this has not been the case with the Lake Malbena proposal.”

THURSDAY, 6 DECEMBER 2018

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