Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today said that the Federal Court’s decision to uphold an appeal against a proposed mine at Nelson Bay River was welcome news for the long-term prospects of the Tarkine, and the endangered species that reside there.

“This result is in line with the Australian Heritage Council recommendation that the Tarkine be protected for its outstanding conservation values,” said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

“Claims that driving open cut mines into this unqiue area is the solution to long-term unemployment in Tasmania are simplistic and naive at best, and politically motivated by some.

“This mine would have a very short lifespan and there is no guarantee of significant long-term jobs for locals, and it could leave communities with a terrible environmental legacy.

“The Tarkine has been globally recognised as one of the world’s last wilderness areas and protecting those values supports Tasmania’s Brand and opportunities for long-term economic development in the north-west of Tasmania.

“We are confident a Tarkine National Park would be an iconic attraction bringing more visitors to the area and boosting the regions brand,” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.
Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson