The Tarkine - Too Precious to Lose


The Abbott and Hodgman governments are promoting logging and mining in the Tarkine, in areas that even John Howard protected. Help us save this precious place and create a Tarkine National Park.

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The Tarkine in north-west Tasmania is one of the world's great wild places. Spanning 447,000 hectares, it is a relic of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwanaland, and Australia's largest tract of temperate rainforest.

It is home to more than 60 rare, threatened and endangered species, including the Giant Freshwater Lobster, the Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle, the Spotted tail Quoll, and the iconic endangered Tasmanian Devil.

The Tarkine is named for the Tarkiner people, and its coast has been described as "one of the world's great archaeological regions" due to the richness and diversity of Aboriginal sites which are listed as National Heritage.

Mining in the Tarkine has been touted by the Labor and Liberal parties as the saviour for north-west Tasmanian jobs, yet less than two years after the Shree Minerals' Nelson Bay River iron ore mine was approved its operations have been suspended.

Most of the Tarkine is not protected but the Greens believe it should be protected as a national park and ultimately as World Heritage.

We know that the Tarkine is too precious to lose. Join the campaign: write to the papers and make the Tarkine a national issue, write to Prime Minister Abbott with the facts today, and share our e-book outlining the Tarkine's beauty and significance.



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Abbott government turns its back on Tarkine values

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