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Labor respects Arthur-Pieman assessment outcome

Tasmanian Labor respects the outcome of the Federal Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Values Assessment.

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Michelle O’Byrne said Tasmania has some extraordinary Aboriginal heritage and it needs to be protected.  

“Our island is home to thousands of years of aboriginal history and it is important that we protect and respect this,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Given the Tasmanian Government have embarked on a pathway to Treaty with Tasmanian Aboriginal people, a commitment that has Labor’s full support, the government should now as a demonstration of good faith, confirm they will cease trying to reopen these tracks that have been closed since 2012.

“The Liberals have shamefully politicised this issue after misleading Tasmanians for three elections and now they cannot hide any longer.”

Shadow Minister for Parks & Environment Bastian Seidel said Labor welcomes the government’s announcement that they would upgrade roads outside of the conservation area.

“Labor acknowledges the interests of recreational off-road vehicle users to maintain access to areas on the West Coast,” Dr Seidel said.

“The government’s announcement that they would look to make improvements to existing roads is a positive outcome, with a plan to develop new facilities outside the Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape benefitting all Tasmanians.

“However, despite the spin, it is clear this project is yet another broken promise from a government that continues to announce populist, pie in the sky policy ideas with little planning or grounding in reality.

“The people of Braddon deserve an apology after seven years of lies and deception.

“It is time the Liberal Government start being honest to Tasmanians and respectful to our state’s aboriginal heritage.

“Labor respects the outcome of this assessment and looks forward to the Liberal Government investing in facilities outside this area in the future.”

Michelle O’Byrne MP  
Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

Bastian Seidel MLC  
Shadow Minister for Parks & Environment