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A Tasmanian Appeal tribunal has reversed a council's decision to block a luxury camp on Halls Island on Lake Malbena in Walls of Jerusalem NP.

As reported on The Guardian website, a contentious private tourism development with helicopter access in Tasmanian world heritage wilderness is a step closer to going ahead after a planning tribunal reversed a council decision to block it.

The luxury camp proposal for remote Halls Island on Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem NP was approved by the federal and state governments but rejected by the Central Highlands council in February.

However on Monday, the state’s resource management and planning appeal tribunal upheld an appeal against the council decision by ecotourism business Wild Drake, backed by the state government.

Tasmanian council blocks Halls Island tourism project in world heritage area

The proposal involves four demountable huts being built on Halls Island, which would be visited by up to 240 helicopter flights per year. The developers say it would cater for up to six visitors at a time interested in bushwalking, kayaking and learning about the area’s cultural history.

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