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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

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Tourism Threat to Tasmanian World Heritage Values – Banner Drop at Tourism Awards

A large red banner reading “Keep Tasmania Wild” has been unfurled tonight during the Australian  Tourism Awards ceremony from the iconic Alexandra Suspension Bridge in Launceston’s Cataract Gorge.

 

Two Northern Tasmanian outdoor professionals, Kenna Reid Clark and Alisha Lawton, abseiled underneath the bridge to highlight that not all tourism proposals are welcome and that Tasmania needs to be kept Wild.

 

“Tonight’s demonstration is against the unprecedented wave of private developments threatening World Heritage Areas and National Parks due to the Tasmanian Government’s shambolic expressions of interest process. Many of these developments go against World Heritage principles, negatively affect the natural values of globally unique areas and undermine Tasmania’s renowned tourism industry” said Mr Reid Clark.

 

“The Tasmanian Government is continuing to show a complete lack of respect to the wild places that are the backbone of the Tasmanian way of life. We love this island, it’s our home and what we have here needs solid protection from private developers who are seeking to exploit public reserves for their own benefit,” concluded Miss Lawton.

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  1. William Boeder

    March 3, 2019 at 4:02 am

    The best method of retaining Tasmania’s World renowned wilderness regions it to have the government department of the DPIPWE revoked and fully dismantled then to sack the current portfolio minister Guy Barnett, who want’s to log the entire of Tasmania’s remaining crown Land forests under his sustainable (no it’s not) ratbag logging outfit known as STT.

    Tasmania’s fickle leadership Liberal government have as good as declared war upon this State’s remaining indigenous forests, currently this State’s logging is little less than a waste intensive full-blooded logging effort to supply our forested logs for conversion to woodchips, as well as an improperly signed agreement to ensure a log-supply set-of-plunders by TA Ann Berhad, headquarted over in the Malaysian Badland State of Sarawak.

  2. Joanna Pinkiewicz

    March 2, 2019 at 9:55 am

    It is a good reminder to all who are involved in making decisions about the natural places in Tasmania. We need considered approach with clear defined guidelines and limits to ensure a very low impact on our wilderness.

    Worldwide, wilderness is a hot property. Natural places are increasingly commodified.

    Tourism – Yes, but not without proper assessment.

    Good work Kenna and Alisha for delibdeliv a message a lot of locals feel passionate about!

    • Elizabeth

      March 3, 2019 at 9:59 am

      We certainly do want to ‘Keep Tasmania Wild’ but it must surely be clear to any thinking observer that we have already lost the plot. Yes, there are still a few patches (where they have not been burnt away) worth fighting for – and congratulations to anyone who does that – but for as long as we encourage tourism, all we are doing is destroying them indirectly. The vast majority of tourists arrive here by aircraft, then hire a car and drive to our iconic wild places. And what do all aircraft (in particular) and cars use? Fossil fuels. And they spew vast, unregulated amounts of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, which is causing the warming, which is causing the drying, which is causing the burning, and ultimately, which is causing all our beautiful wild places to die. Not to mention the noise, litter, crowds, sewerage and generally polluting waste that has to be cleaned up in their wake. If you love Tasmania, then you will step away from promoting it to the world, because having the world coming here is exactly what is destroying the place.

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