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The Truth About the Tarkine

Known to the local people as the Arthur Pieman Area, The Name Tarkine was given to the area by the greens within the Australian Heritage Commission as a tool for their propaganda, it is based on the name of one of three family groups that lived on the coast, Manegin - Arthur Rivermouth, Tarkinener - Sandy Cape and Peternidic - Pieman Rivermouth. <<For more information about the first Tasmanians

Apart from the coastal area, the rest of the region surrounding the Savage river open cut mine was uninhabitated, and only used to gain access to red ochre mines at Surrey hills and burnt to keep the 'road' open.


1989 The Tasmanian Conservation Trust Nomination

In 1989 The Tasmanian Conservation Trust nominated the Meredith Range, Mt Vero, Norfolk range and Savage river areas to be listed as National Estate by the then Australian Heritage Commission. After interim listing, the trust applied and received grants totaling $119,920 to document NE values. The result was “Forgotten Wilderness: North West Tasmania, a report to the Australian Heritage Commission by the Tasmanian Conservation Trust. This report encompassed an area of 460,000 ha or 6.8% of Tasmania.NW Tasmania
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In this report only five areas of significant wilderness were identified

as the images show above and to the right of page;
Thornton –Pedder   3,000 ha
Norfolk Range       41,850 ha
Bertha                   7,000 ha
Upper Savage        8,900 ha
Meredith Range   12,200 ha     
Total                    72,950 ha



1994 The Australian Heritage Expanded the Boundaries


Tarkine name document Tarkine timber Map


Over The Years.

The Tarkine region is already home to some of Tasmania’s most important mining operations, including the Grange Resources magnetite mine at Savage River. In fact, mining has been a vital part of the regional economy in north-west Tasmania for around 120 years. Over these years many both small and large mines have started and closed, with the old mines giving the Tasmania community a financial boost several times over the years. There has also been many old time prospectors that found many a nugget in the area.

Forestry has also been in the area with many specialty timbers coming from the area, Corrina had a well known saw mill that harvested the same blackwood forests several times over, it is also known that many of the old time timber workers that worked in the mill have passed away with lung cancer(a result of working with the Tasmanian blackwood timber).


The Landscape of the Tarkine.

Do not believe as some would like you to believe, that the total area is crisp pristine forests, as this is not true. The Tarkine area has a variety of different landscapes, there is large areas that are covered with button grass plains, then there is smaller areas surrounding the button grass plains including in small valleys that have scrub type terrain, There are areas of forest areas that start in the larger valleys and are sheltered, these scrub areas get thicker and bigger trees which then provide its owns shelter, in some of these thicker areas you will find the remarkable pristine forests images that the greens want you to believe covers the whole Tarkine area. These groups that want you to believe that the whole of the Tarkine is pristine will not show you the images of the button grass plains or the valley scrub, as the image below.

See For Yourself: If you bring up Google maps and have a look at the terrane you will see the difference between button grass plains, scrub and the thicker important forests.


The images shown are from the Tarkine regions one of the tullar end of the Tarkine and the other is around Savage river area, but the largest part of the Tarkine is made up of this type of Button Grass landscacape, not the Pristine forests as others will tell you.

Mine_siteTarkine Button Grass


The Tarkine today.

There are currently 58 exploratory licenses held in the region, and a number of project s under consideration.  Venture Minerals’ proposed Mt Lindsay tin mine, for example, would create much needed 1,200 Tasmanian jobs.
With Tasmania having unemployment rate of 7.2%– far exceeding the national average, with the Tasmanian Braddon area where the mines will be situated has a unemployment rate of over 9% – Tasmania can scarcely afford to turn its back on the economic opportunities that these projects will provide as we have said before "as long as it is not pristine rain forests plus both governments approve of the project". As since the Tasmanian greens and their many groups have desimated the Tasmania timber industry with a socalled deal being reached to lock up an additional 4% of the total area of Tasmania into more reserves.With this 4% the TOTAL AREA OF THE WHOLE STATE WILL BE 53% protected, yes over half of the total area of the state.
Nevertheless, activist groups have been running a campaign to have the total 450,000 hectare swathe of North West Tasmania area listed on the National Heritage Register.  If successful, this will have a huge impact on current and proposed mining operations – effectively shutting down the industry on the Western side of the state.
"Well known Australian Union the AWU believes that sensible environmental safeguards can be applied to the Tarkine region to protect biodiversity and wilderness values, without compromising opportunities for new mining projects.  A balanced approach, which recognises the need to protect the environment and to protect jobs in both mining and tourism, is undoubtedly the best option for Tasmania."


The Government Has to Approve the Project

The people of the area do not want to devastate the pristine forests, on the contrary they want these areas protected as well as the Tasmanian greens and the other green groups. The people of the area and the majority of Tasmanians believe that if both governments look at the projects the surrounding environment as well as the projects prepared Environmental Management Plan; The approved projects environmental plans have even been amended by the federal government as they did not think it was strict enough in some areas.

We recommend that you study the EPA and other material at Tasmanian Mining


Tasmanians Do Not Want To Live Off Handouts

The Tasmanian people do not want to rely on hand outs from the Australian Government as has happening over the last few years or even take any of the other states share of the GST, but Tasmanians must be able to harvest their own resourses within their own state. Tasmanian's are not trying to stop any other state from earning a living from their states resourses, Tasmanian's understand that the resourses are why Australian's have their present lifestyle. Is it not?


All we ask is that Tasmania is allowed to have Environmental, Sustanable Development within our state.


Change the rules, But you you not have to close it down.



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