In a significant move, the Lake Malbena tourism development has been rejected by the Central Highlands Council.
The controversial ‘helicopter tourism’ development planned for Halls Island in Lake Malbena on Tasmania’s central plateau had previously been approved by state and federal governments. One of the first acts of the Morrison government was to greenlight a private tourism development with helicopter access in Tasmanian world heritage wilderness against the recommendation of an expert advisory body. The local Council was the last government authority which needed to sign off on the project.
The final vote happened at a packed meeting held on February 26, with three councillors voting for, and six against the proposal.