Tas road project stalled by opponents

Posted on 21/01/2010  
Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett has warned Brighton bypass opponents he will not allow opposition to the $264 million road to threaten jobs. He says there is no way of telling whether the contentious Jordan River crossing is as rich in ancient heritage as claimed because Aboriginal organisations are preventing access by archaeologists. "This road needs to go ahead,” Bartlett says. “It has all the permits in place through the proper process in the areas that we are currently building." Heritage assessment of that site has been stopped by a ban on Aboriginal heritage officers assisting archaeologists, which Bartlett wants reversed before Environment, Parks, Heritage and Arts Minister Michelle O'Byrne issues permits for the river crossing.

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