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.