The Minister for Parks and Wildlife, Brian Wightman, today confirmed that despite 10 years of talking, he hasn't listened to key stakeholders and has ultimately failed to get the balance right in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area.
A member of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Management Committee has highlighted to me a lack of suitable consultation, including with the Off Road Consultative Group - one of the major stakeholders in the area.
And it's not surprising that there are many people who feel they have not been listened to when you consider that the Minister has closed close to 50 per cent of the tracks (44 of the 94 recreational tracks).
Had the Minister listened, he would have heard that the vast majority of recreational vehicle users are responsible and want to ensure the area remains open to multipurpose uses, not shut down at the behest of the Greens and their wider agenda to lock up the so-called Tarkine.
It's past time that Labor stopped kowtowing to the Greens anti everything, lock it up mentality.