wilderness protection

2 petitions

Started 1 year ago

Petition to Will Hodgman, Matthew Groom, Josh Frydenberg, Rebecca White, Scott Bacon, Craig Farrell, Bill Shorten, Tony Burke, Malcolm Turnbull, Steven Ciobo, Mark Butler, Anthony Albanese

The addition of the Tarkine to be added to the TWWHA

The area in north west of Tasmania known as the Tarkine is currently under threat from mining and forestry. These industries are not sustainable and have a limited life. The timber industry in Tasmania costs more money each year and has a devastating impact on the environment. Mining is just as unsustainable and has an even greater impact. There is a town just outside of the Tarkine called Waratah that was once a mining mecca and a town that saved Tasmania's economy. Unfortunately the price of tin dropped and the mine became unprofitable and was closed since then the town has struggled on. The same can be said about other mining towns such as Queenstown and Corinna. Waratah is now trying to reinvent itself as the gateway to the Tarkine. This can not happen without the area being protected and tourism being the main economy in the area. If the government had a long term vision they would see sense and ensure that the tourism industry grew in this area this in turn would support other coastal areas such as Burnie which has lost large manufacturing companies and again has struggled since. A number of prominent bodies have recognised the World Heritage significance of the Tarkine: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (1990)The Tasmanian Department of Parks, Wildlife & Heritage (1990)The Australian government recognised the Tarkine’s outstanding national significance through listing the Tarkine on the register of the National estateLeading Tasmanian & Australian environment groups (including The Wilderness Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation, amongst a wide range of others)The Australian Senate formally recognised the World Heritage significance of the Tarkine in 2007, with a motion passed unanimously. A Tarkine extension is likely to meet the same criteria for which the rest of the TWWHA is listed (making it one of the one of only two world heritage sites in the world to be listed for 7 of the 10 criteria): Criterion (iii): bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared. Criterion (iv): be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change. Criterion (vi): be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. Criterion (vii): contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance. Criterion (viii): be outstanding examples representing major stages of Earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features. Criterion (ix): be outstanding examples representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals. Criterion (x): contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation. I am currently a guide in the Tarkine and love the area, I am someone who loves the wilderness and this is truly one of the last wildernesses in the world. It is a beautiful gem that is on the brink of being lost forever. The government failed to do the right thing when we lost Lake Pedder, they did the right thing when they blocked the damming of Franklin and it is time that we demand they do the right thing again. I am begging you to sign this petition, not for me, but for the future generations that will look back with disgust if we fail to act. Photo Taken of Tarkine falls credited to the talented Nicole Anderson Photographer at Scenic Wilderness Photography  

Karl Villanueva
1,483 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Hon. Maggie Barry, Pauline Adams

Help STOP a hydroelectric scheme dewatering the most stunning & unique river gorge in NZ!

Submission link (important!): while we would appreciate your signature to this petition, what would be much MORE effective is to also make a personalized submission against this project - to do so, click on this link below, information is contained with suggestions for content on your submission. Many thanks for your help!!! Dear friends, It's time to speak up for some common sense!   Even though we are swamped with power generation here in New Zealand, Maggie Barry, Minister for Conservation has approved in principle a concession for a hydro scheme to be built in the conservation estate on the amazing wild Waitaha River deep in the rugged West Coast bush.  Electricity industry experts say there is no need for this scheme - we simply don't need any more power generation in New Zealand. But Westpower, who are proposing the scheme, believe the scheme will make them money, only because the water and environmental destruction on public land comes more or less for free.   If local generation was required on the West Coast there are a number of other hydro projects that are already fully consented and waiting to be built. And those schemes won’t suck the water out of our wild rivers and run a bulldozer through virgin native bush. This is crazy!  If we don't need extra power generation, then why ruin this unique and beautiful wild river? The Waitaha is one of the less than 1% of rivers remaining in the world that is not modified, so let’s look after our future and not repeat the mistakes of the past.   The Department of Conservation is now seeking submissions so this is your opportunity to tell Maggie Barry to use some common sense and avoid this needless destruction of the pristine wilderness that kiwis are so proud of. If you would like more information here are some useful sources:• New Zealand Listener article which summarises the situation very well.  •    The Whitewater NZ website - waitaha-hydro•    Facebook groups: Save the Waitaha River: Also see Whitewater NZ facebook page: Like the page to stay in touch and share a relevant post on your timeline. Also see: and please consider making a submission via the Royal Forest and Bird Society site: Please send your submission in ASAP and before it closes on 14 November. The more submissions we generate the more likely Maggie Barry will sit up and take notice. Attached at top of this page (link again here: ) is a link to how to make a personalized submission, you can copy and paste some of this information and send to: permissionshokitika@doc.govt. nz  (please cc all email submissions to conservation@rivers. or send submissions by post to: Director-GeneralDepartment of ConservationPrivate Bag 701Hokitika 7842Attention:  Pauline Adams Many thanks for your help. Kia kaha! 

Justin Venable
3,402 supporters