The Bob Brown Foundation will host a peaceful demonstration at Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office in Melbourne this morning, calling for protection of the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in the Tarkine wilderness.
When: Today at 9:30AM
Where: Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office in Kooyong.
Tasmania’s Liberal government is seeking federal approval for work to open 37km of off-road vehicle tracks on northwest Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine coast.
“Minister Frydenberg has the responsibility to take leadership on behalf of all Australians, as this is an issue of national significance and threatens the integrity of all nationally-listed landscapes in Australia. We are calling on the Minister to secure protection for takayna / Tarkine’s National Heritage listed landscape and keep the tracks closed to off-road vehicles. We are walking side by side with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre in solidarity,” Emma Wasson, Bob Brown Foundation campaigner in Melbourne, said.
Jarrod Edwards, the land management supervisor for the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre will join the demonstration this morning, after speaking at a community meeting held in Melbourne last night to raise awareness of the imminent threat to Aboriginal cultural heritage.
“The takayna coastline and the Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape have an importance to my community that will never be adequately expressed through words. The only true way to express and appreciate its importance as a cultural place is to walk in the footsteps of our old people within this beautiful landscape. To truly appreciate its beauty, learn and understand the stories of our ancestors this landscape needs to be free of intrusive off-road vehicles. Concealment of our heritage places amounts to destruction and it is ill-conceived to propose that these actions would protect our heritage,” Jarrod Edwards said.
“The fragile coastline has suffered a range of severe impacts from off-road vehicles, including damage to significant sites and middens, marsupial lawns, wetlands and habitat for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot and other threatened species,” Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager for Bob Brown Foundation said.
“More than 350 submissions have been sent to the Federal Environment Minister asking him to reject the proposal by the Tasmanian Government,” Jenny Weber said.
Link to our online action http://www.bobbrown.org.au/no_vehicles_on_aboriginal_heritage
Contact: Jenny Weber – 0427 366 929.
Contact in Melbourne: Emma Wasson – 0409 300 592.