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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Land of the Northwestern Redneck …

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Travelling down the Western Explorer Road from the north, the first notable feature to the right viewfield is Mt Balfour with its prominent white scar that leads up steeply at over 40 degrees to the summit.

So intense is this deeply eroded track that is clearly visible from far away in the northern reaches of the Tarkine.

This track, which was officially closed by the previous government, is just one of several that the Liberals intend to reopen, or at a minimum turn a blind eye towards recreational hooning.

The installed signs by Parks and Wildlife clearly indicate that the track is prohibited to all vehicles, though it is obvious that vehicle activity is ongoing. To date no attempt has been made to rehabilitate or even stabilize the severe environmental degradation across the mountain.

Also in the same region is the Balfour 4WD Track, which traverses from the Western Explorer Road to the Tarkine coast south of Temma. This renowned track, which is immediately north from Mt Balfour is heavily impacted with extensive erosion, deep bog holes and expansive braiding across the buttongrass moorland.

The Balfour 4WD Track is a magnet for many who simply want to immerse themselves into a muddy quagmire. In my view, driving down this track defies any logic that relates to enjoyable outdoor recreation. Simply walking alongside of the track gives you an insight, and makes you ponder into the myopic and insensitive minds behind the wheel.

And of course you are never far a way from the visual sights of the ubiquitous discarded stubby or tinny.

Welcome to the last frontier – Land of the Northwestern Redneck …

George Smiley: Mining the Tarkine Hope springs eternal within the human beast/I don’t give a damn that it makes no sense/If I grab some crumbs at least. Apologies to Alexander Pope

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• Ted Mead, in Comments: I am of the belief that what we need is a sacrificial area for them to express their hooning desires. That was also my view to the 4WD reckless activity at Southport Lagoon, but oddly enough Labor prohibited them from churning across the plains. That was a Judy Jackson initiative, which was not her electorate so it didn’t matter as far as votes and constituency flak goes. Somehow I can’t see Adam Brookes taking the same hard-line. The Greenie versus the Redneck approach is never going to see us win out in the Tarkine, as we are by far a noisy minority. Exposing ignorant vandalism pressures the government to pursue a line of constituency responsibility.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Mike

    June 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Pity the perpetrators can’t be tracked down so that they can receive their Order of Australia badges.

  2. Dr.John R.Wilson

    June 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    There really is little point in PWS staff putting signs up on tracks along the whole of the Tarkine Coast without actually enforcing what the signs say with a wilful and sustained physical presence (alongside armed TasPolice officers) because literacy among the vehicular recreational anarchists is very poor and non-compliance is very high. In these circumstances, the signage becomes merely window dressing.

    Something the Hodgman government uses to demonstrate to critics of its slovenly approach to Aboriginal and Natural heritage conservation how it is seemingly doing something about the problem of 4WD vandalism, whilst in reality it is doing nothing much at all …

  3. Pete Godfrey

    June 8, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Ted I also photographed the Balfour Track when on a trip over to the west coast a few months ago. I too was appalled at the visibility and lack of caring for the land that is shown by the existence of this track.

    The thing we are challenged by in this is that the 4 wheel drivers see it as a right of passage, and a show of their power and prowess that they can get through such inhospitable tracks.

    Really the best way we can stop the destruction of remote areas is to find an already degraded area such as an old mine site, and turn it into a 4wd theme park with the most horrible obstacles imaginable plus have the machinery there to extract those who cannot get themselves out. We need an entrepeneur such as Mr Adam Brooks to stump up the money to build the place and run it, then those who want to prove their manhood or womanhood can go there and get bogged to their hearts content.

    Parks and Wildlife could then rehabilitate the damaged areas and put in all weather tracks that will encourage responsible campers.

    A stack of Hoon Cams mounted in changing places would also help.

    Until we can give these people somewhere to play and prove themselves that is out of the way and controlled the wilderness areas are doomed.

  4. Ted Mead

    June 9, 2015 at 3:11 am

    #3 – Yeh Pete –

    I am of the belief that what we need is a sacrificial area for them to express their hooning desires.

    That was also my view to the 4WD reckless activity at Southport Lagoon, but oddly enough Labor prohibited them from churning across the plains. That was a Judy Jackson initiative, which was not her electorate so it didn’t matter as far as votes and constituency flak goes.

    Somehow I can’t see Adam Brookes taking the same hard-line.

    The Greenie versus the Redneck approach is never going to see us win out in the Tarkine, as we are by far a noisy minority.

    Exposing ignorant vandalism pressures the government to pursue a line of constituency responsibility.

    Even if the Tarkine became a National Park tomorrow we will still see 4WD’s heading off-road out there.

  5. Russell

    June 9, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Re #4
    How about restricting them to the devastated disused minesites. They’re already stuffed, so it won’t make much difference there and the rest of Tassie can remain intact.

  6. Robin Charles Halton

    June 10, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Ted you should stick to grizzling about 4×4 tracks, that can be justified.

    You have really disgraced yourself in your Mercury article about burn offs. You must enjoying feeding fuel by inflaming the responsible Fuel Reduction debate.

    Almost as bad as the nonsense that Professor Bowmont from UTAS preaches about Fuel Reduction goat herds instead of using drip torches by human hand or better still Red dragons attached to helicopters.

    BUrn, burn and burn every season when the window of opportunity presents itself.

  7. Russell

    June 10, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Re #6
    Mr “Burn baby burn”
    You haven’t answered my question in the other thread http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/weblog/article/torching-the-tarkine-more-liberal-lunacy/

    Do you think the results as shown in the photograph at the head of this post is a good outcome? Or indeed the ones in this article?

  8. Ted Mead

    June 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    #6 Robin -In my opinion the responders to near all Mercury articles are usually highly conservative and non progressive. The fact that the majority of responders agree with my article leaves you out there as one that will never express an understanding to fire ecology, and always display your insensitivity to seemingly all living natural biota.

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