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Freycinet Lodge has opposition from its developer members

June 3, 2016 9:53 am Category: Australia & New Zealand, Biodiversity, Latest News A+ / A-
RACT members are concerned the Freycinet Lodge expansion is encroaching on National Park space

RACT members are concerned the Freycinet Lodge expansion is encroaching on National Park space

The current owners of the Tasmanian ecolodge Freycinet Lodge may have plans to expand into the Freycinet National Park thwarted by its own members.

Freycinet Lodge, which is located on the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast was bought by the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) from the Federal Group in 2013.

The RACT has lodged a proposal to expand the lodge further into the national park to increase the number of cabins and RV sites. The proposal is now under consideration by the State Government’s expression of interest process.

According to reports, some RACT members are creating a petition to meet with the roadside assistance organisation to request expansion plans be scrapped.

“I know that country well and it’s lovely bush … it’s part of the sense of place and also part of the total nature conservation estate in Tasmania,” RACT member and University of Tasmania Professor of Geography, Jamie Kirkpatrick told ABC News.

“Any sort of development results in destruction of natural environment,” Kirkpatrick added.

RACT CEO Harvey Lennon said in a statement that the proposal is under review.

“The RACT Board will have an initial briefing on a revised concept for a Freycinet Lodge enhancement that will support the increased visitation to the area,” Lennon said in the report.

“The Board will further consider the development at its June or July meeting.”

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