National Park and World Heritage aspirations.

The Tarkine is a region of recognised World Heritage significance. It’s wilderness, vast rainforests, wildlife, landscapes and unique Aboriginal values are outstanding on a world scale. The Tarkine is undoubtedly one of the World’s great wild places.

However, the Tarkine is not yet formally listed on the National or World Heritage lists, and only a fraction, less than 5%, of the Tarkine region is fully protected as a National Park.

This means that many of the Tarkine’s outstanding natural and cultural values, are in dire peril, and could be lost forever. (See Threats for More Info).

However, the Tarkine National Coalition has a plan. We have produced an extensive proposal that would protect the Tarkine and its unique values as a National Park and World Heritage area, for all people, for all time. Like Kakadu, Uluru and the Daintree, the Tarkine would become recognised as one of Australia’s great iconic wild places. The establishment of a bold 447,000 hectare Tarkine National Park and World Heritage area, would ensure that the outstanding values of the Tarkine are looked after into the future. At the same time, the multi-use heritage area would allow locals, visitors, walkers, photographers, scientists, the Aboriginal community and tourists alike to see, visit and experience this unique place. Please read on for more information.

A refuge for the Devil

The Tarkine is the home to the last disease free population of the Tasmanian Devil. The Tasmanaian Devil is being pushed to extinction by the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease. This disease has been estimated to have killed 80% of the Tasmanian Devil population in the past decade. As such the habitat of the Tarkine is critical to survival of this iconic species in the wild. Threats such as mining, logging and roading place the future of the Devil at risk.

Ten new mines for the Tarkine?

There are now ten new mines proposed for the Tarkine over the next five years, and the campaign to prevent this onslaught of destruction is heating up. Nine of these mines are Pilbara style open cut mines. The first two companies to submit for permits are Venture Minerals for their three proposed tin and iron ore mines at Mt Lindsay, and Shree Minerals for their proposed Nelson Bay River iron ore mine.