Protect the Tarkine from destructive mining
  • Petitioned Tony Burke

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Federal Environment Minister
Tony Burke

Protect the Tarkine from destructive mining

    1. Petition by

      KIRSTY ALBION

      Lauderdale, Australia

One of Tasmania’s last and most beautiful areas of wilderness is about to be subjected to nine “Pilbara-style” open cut mines -- and if the mining companies have their way, the government won’t even consider the potentially devastating environmental impact of the mines before deciding to approve. Tony Burke can stop this if he grants national heritage status immediately.

The Tarkine forest is recognised as one of the most significant of its kind on earth -- its leafy canopy and undisturbed terrain are home to over 50 endangered plants and animals, including the Tasmanian Devil. But despite countless recommendations and a World Heritage nomination, it still has no status -- and therefore the government has no legal grounds for recognising its natural value.

There’s only one thing standing in the mining companies’ way. This week, the Tarkine Forest could be declared National Heritage by Environment Minister Tony Burke -- a move which would force the government to conduct a comprehensive environmental impact assessment before approving any mines.

Please help convince Tony Burke to fulfil his role as environment minister, and grant this vital national heritage status -- it’s the only thing that will protect the forest from unbridled exploitation and degradation at the hands of miners.

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    • sarah whelan MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      it is an obscene desecration of pristine wilderness. Protect this land! My vote counts on you doing so.

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    • Lynne Brundle BURNIE, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's in my back yard - literally, give or take a km - and once gone that's it. Just when you think that they've realised how important it is, somebody says there's more money in digging it up & sending it away, & Governments say "Yes". The people are saying "no". Please listen!

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    • Justin Low SA, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Australian eco-tourism could be our next big export - aside from all the issues already achnowleged.

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    • Don Ollerenshaw BAULKHAM HILLS, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      In all states of Australia the environment is being devastated by mining, or the threat of mining, of all types. It is time that the Government realised that their failure to protect natural areas will be at their cost at election time.

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    • Alex Cowling SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's a beautiful wilderness and we need to protect it. Other countries are ransacking their land. Not us!

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