The emergency heritage listing granted to the Tarkine by the federal Government on the back of a road proposed through the Tarkines heart that threatened Tasmanian Devils, has now lapsed due to the road proposal being canned. In short this means that theTarkine is open for business; that’s mining business and business is booming.

Harnessing Getups lobbying power

GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation giving everyday Australians the opportunity to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues. If we can get a couple of thousand votes for the Tarkine, Getup will seriously consider tackling the massive Tarkine Heritage issue. Right now were at 434 votes , collected in just two days.It takes around 2000 votes for Getup to seriously consider getting behind a campaign. Let’s go for 4000 votes as each person can vote three times making it very possible to achieve. Once again, as has been the case many times over, it’s time to choose the Tarkine’s Future, a mining hot spot or sanctuary for the ancient, it’s our choice.

Tarkine, The real life Avatar

For those of you who’ve seen the film Avatar, this is the same scenario … but on earth and minus big blue people. One of the wildest places left on the planet is now being drilled with the intent of blasting vast open cut mines into this ancient landscape.

Fighting our own paradigm

This is not a battle that can be won by fighting a mining company, Goliath is way big and very legal. This is a battle to transform the very cultural paradigm that allows such legislation to be put in place. Legislation is NOT set in stone, we can change this, but it needs an epic and viral effort to get behind the GetUp campaign as a first step. From there, so much is possible.

Follow the link below to give “three votes” for a Tarkine GetUp campaign. Please spread the word like wildfire. Having Getup on board will make a huge difference in getting the Tarkine front and centre in the mind of the Australian public and our politicians. Here’s to our planets wild and sacred places remaining that way.

Click here to make your vote:
http://suggest.getup.org.au/forums/60819-campaign-ideas/suggestions/1573297-tarkine-wilderness-heritage-listing

Briefing:

Tarkine emergency Heritage listing lost

The emergency heritage listing granted to the Tarkine by the federal Government on the back of a road proposed through the Tarkines heart that threatened Tasmanian Devils, has now lapsed due to the road proposal being canned. In short this means that the Tarkine is now significantly more vulnerable to mining operations impacting its globally significant values.

The Tarkine recommended for full heritage listing

In September of last year, A report assembled by The Australian Heritage council recommending that the Tarkine be placed on the National heritage list for its universal values, arrived on the desk of Environment minister Tony Burke. Unfortunately for the Tarkine, Minister Burke said that further community consultation was required before taking the recommended steps to secure the Tarkine heritage listing.

The mines are here and more are coming.

In the interim period, mining companies are now test drilling and pushing to secure full mining licenses while the Tarkine’s guard is down. Not surprisingly, there exists a certain degree of skepticism about whether the motivation for delaying the approval process was really about community consultation (two very thorough rounds of community consultation have already occurred) or whether this was a convenient moment to open the Tarkine’s doors to mining operations and the obvious wealth they create. There’s no quick way of knowing which is true.

A shift in cultural priority

Mining companies are simply exploring business opportunities as they are entitled under current legislation and the land tenure that governs the area. But land tenure is decided by governments and governments are chosen by us. This is not a fight won through picking on specific mining companies; this is a fight with our own conscience, a battle to shift from one cultural paradigm to another. We either stand up for the sake of maintaining something sacred or we don’t. Your invited to stand up and support the Getup campaign, then invite your world to do the same.