Privatising the wilderness: the Tasmanian project that could become a national park test case


Conservationists say newly released documents call into question the government’s policy of backing tourism developments on protected public land

Halls Island, on Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem national park, is not easy to reach. It takes a strenuous eight-hour walk or a helicopter ride to get there.

Its remoteness meant it was relatively little known until it became the site of the type of conservation battle that Tasmania has become famous for in a storied history that takes in fights over hydroelectricity dams, old-growth forestry and salmon farming.

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