takayna/Tarkine

takayna/Tarkine

takayna/ Tarkine

The takayna/Tarkine region of north western Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world and a place where Tasmanian Aboriginal people have a continuing relationship with the land. The coastline is a cultural heritage landscape, with an abundance of high density living sites including midden deposits, hut depressions, petroglyphs, and known burial sites – all evidence of the continuous occupation of the land by Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

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A Sacred Place

takayna is a place of incredible importance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and indeed all people who visit it, and yet it’s largely unprotected. It is currently under attack from state-sanctioned destructive vandalism from off-road vehicles and extractive industries, including logging and mining.

Great Beauty Needs Great Protection

takayna is an area of great beauty and immense cultural and natural significance and should be protected in a national park and recognised for its World Heritage values.

Standing with the Aboriginal Community Against Destruction

Pete has always stood by and continues to stand by the Aboriginal community and supported forest protestors in strong opposition to the destruction of takayna. In particular, he has actively campaigned against the Tasmanian Government’s insensitivities to the vandalism of Aboriginal cultural heritage in the takyana.

There has been ongoing damage to these sensitive areas by illegal and reckless drivers of off-road vehicles and the Tasmanian government refuses to better protect these globally significant areas.

Wins:

N

Pete has worked with the Aboriginal community to document the illegal vandalism by off-road vehicles. This evidence contributed to a successful court case against the Tasmanian Government to stop the reopening of the tracks.

Wants:

The Greens want to protect takayna in a National Park that is owned and run by Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Only the Greens have a plan to protect takayna as a National Park and World Heritage Area.

  • Protect takayna in a National Park 
  • Hand the land back to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community 
  • Fund Aboriginal rangers to manage the property 
  • Apply for World Heritage listing for the area

Major Parties & Lambie Voting Down Motions

The Liberals, Labor and Jacqui Lambie have consistently voted down Greens motions in the Senate to defend the priceless Aboriginal cultural heritage in the takayna against the Tasmanian Government’s senseless vandalism. It is deeply disappointing. These are globally significant, sensitive areas that need to be protected from ongoing damage by the illegal and reckless drivers of off-road vehicles.

Tamar

Tamar

The Tamar

The kanamaluka/Tamar River, part of Tasmania’s longest river system, has for many years been the centre of concern over environmental neglect and degradation in northern Tasmania. While the Tamar Valley is a beautiful region with wineries, agriculture and tourism, the river continues to suffer from pollution and poor water quality. 

The Bleach Paper Pulp Mill

In the early 2000s both major parties supported the construction of a massive chlorine bleach paper pulp mill for the lower reaches of kanamaluka. Pete helped lead a huge eight year community campaign to defend the region and river from the environmental impacts that would have followed.

Winning that battle ignited an ongoing desire for northern Tasmanians to see the river restored to its former state as a healthy tidal estuary ecosystem. As a board member of the Surfrider Foundation, Pete was extremely concerned for the local surf break at Tam O’Shanter, where kanamaluka empties into Bass Strait. As a wine maker in the Tamar Valley, near where the pulp mill was planned to be built, Pete knew it would mean devastation for the region’s food and wine produce, tourism and recreation.

We Need To Unclog The Tamar

Currently there are still over 20 sewage plants with varied levels of treatment releasing sediment and nutrients into the system, with the largest in Launceston releasing raw sewerage during times of flooding. This is because of Launceston’s antiquated combined sewerage/stormwater drainage system. There is also a large hydroelectric dam which removes a significant amount of water flow from the upper reaches of kanamaluka.

Pete has championed solutions which address the degradation that is caused by human interference. One of these ideas is to return the hydroelectric water flow to the upper reaches of the river via a canal running alongside the river. The Tamar Canal would see an average 20 – 30 cubic metres of fresh water per second moving downstream to help remove sediment from the upper reaches of the river.

Work:

  • Joining the fight against the approval of a pulp mill in the Tamar Valley.
  • Questioning the viability of the government-supported dredging program, that has done little to solve long term silt problems.
  • Championing creative solutions to pollution and siltation, including holding meetings with a broad range of community and political stakeholders.

Wins:

N

Playing a leading role in stopping the Tamar Valley pulp mill, drawing together a broad community coalition that fought and won the eight year battle.

Wants:

U

A full investigation of the Tamar Canal solution to water flow issues and quality in the upper reaches of the kanamaluka/Tamar River.

Penguins

Penguins

Penguins

Little Penguins living along the coast of Southern Australia, and especially around Tasmania, are under increasing threats to their habitat, both on land and in the ocean. 

The Threat

Urban development, fisheries, and attacks from dogs have led to the deaths of thousands of Little Penguins. These threats have increased in frequency, and there has been little action from governments.

Pete has long pushed for a Penguin Protection Taskforce in Tasmania, and urged the government to commit to funding for important research and assessment. Even one uncontrolled dog can wipe out an entire colony of Little Penguins. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to this, but by drawing on local experience and expert knowledge, we can improve the situation.

Work:

Pete has held forums in Tasmania’s coastal towns, bringing together penguin experts and volunteers with the broader community. At his local penguin colony, this culminated in the formation of the Friends of Little Penguins group at Low Head in Northern Tasmania.

Through garnering community support for action from local, state and federal governments, Pete has put this critical issue on the national agenda. Pete also attended a federal Senate inquiry into Australia’s threatened species to raise the challenges that Tasmania’s Little Penguins currently face.

Wins:

N

Due to pressure from Pete and the Tasmanian community the Tasmanian Government has announced the establishment of a state-wide Penguin Advisory Group, and has committed limited funding to the research and monitoring of penguin rookeries.

N

The Tasmanian Government has introduced much heftier fines for dog owners whose pets have roamed near or killed penguins.

Wants:

A significant increase in funding for the ongoing monitoring and reporting of the health of penguin rookeries around Tasmania.

Government support of communities in their efforts to improve local awareness of penguins and their habitats.