The Tarkine

The Tarkine is an expansive wild area in North-West Tasmania, Australia’s island state.

The more than 447,000 hectare region roughly covers the expanse between the Arthur and Pieman rivers – and encompasses a broad array of diverse landscape features and outstanding natural and cultural values. Scientists, environment groups, and Australian politicians have identified and recognised the Tarkine’s unique world heritage values and their need for protection. We need YOUR HELP to ensure that the Tarkine is looked after into the future. To find out about conservation issues in the Tarkine, click here.

To find out more about the Tarkine’s values, please click on the relevant section for more information about what makes the Tarkine such an extraordinary wild place.

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.