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$4K for Halls Island Lease

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Documents just released reveal the proponent of a standing camp at Halls Island (Lake Malbena) would pay $4000 per year to rent ten-hectare Halls Island. The documents were release almost simultaneously by both Wilderness Society Tasmania (WST) and the project proponent. “A lot of people would like to pay just $4,000 dollars a year for […]

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Documents just released reveal the proponent of a standing camp at Halls Island (Lake Malbena) would pay $4000 per year to rent ten-hectare Halls Island. The documents were release almost simultaneously by both Wilderness Society Tasmania (WST) and the project proponent.

“A lot of people would like to pay just $4,000 dollars a year for 10 hectares of pristine World Heritage land, but most don’t get that opportunity,” said Tom Allen, WST Campaign Manager. “The Government must explain how it managed to calculate such a low annual rent when a single Wild Drake customer would pay $4,500 for a three-night stay. The rent wouldn’t even cover the costs of Parks and Wildlife helicoptering in once a year to inspect the development.”

Daniel Hackett, project developer, did not comment directly on the figures. “It has become apparent over the past few months that transparency is an issue of growing interest to Tasmanians,” he said in a statement. “We can understand this. In a time of growth and opportunity, we all have an interest in protecting the Tasmanian way of life first and foremost, and from this, maintain healthy social and natural environments, and vibrant economies.”

WST also took issue with the timeline of the approval. “The main lease was signed on January 2018, well before the three main assessment and approvals processes – the Council’s Development Application, the State Government’s Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) and the Federal Government’s decision about whether approval is required under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act – were finished,” said Allen.

Premier Peter Gutwein is now the Minister for Tourism. In October, as Parks Minister, he stated that tourism EOI proposals do not receive lease and licence agreements ‘after the fact’.

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The Federal EPBC Act decision still has not been finalised, almost two years since the lease and licence were issued, after the Federal Court sent it back to the Minister to be made again under the EPBC Act after a successful legal challenge by WST.

The lease amount quoted is for when the camp is completed and operational. In the interim, a rent of $1000 per year applies plus a $1 licence fee ‘if demanded’. Rental increases of 2.5% per annum are built into the contract, although objections can be made on the basis of ‘current market rental value’.

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/01/4k-for-halls-island-lease/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=4k-for-halls-island-lease

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