Media Release: Opening takayna / Tarkine tracks will be Tasmania’s Rio Tinto.

Bob Brown Foundation calls on Premier Gutwein to reverse plans to push ahead with allowing 4WD and off-road vehicles access to the Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape (WTACL) in takayna / Tarkine.

“Premier Gutwein has time to stop this shameful push that will ruin this globally significant Aboriginal cultural landscape.   It's time to show respect, back off, and elevate protection of this special indigenous heritage above base politics,”  Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“After the nation is reeling from outrage at Rio Tinto blasting of the 40,000-years-old Aboriginal site in Western Australia, Premier Gutwein has the opportunity to take leadership and halt the reopening of the tracks in takayna / Tarkine.  Otherwise this will be Tasmania’s Rio Tinto,’  Ms Weber said.

“Tasmania’s government’s plans to allow ongoing access will impact and cause irreparable damage to the ancient Aboriginal heritage, cultural and natural values.  It is a national shame to have vehicles smashing through one of Australia’s most significant and richest Aboriginal heritage landscapes, where critically endangered and other threatened species rely on an intact wild coastline for survival. These tracks need to stay closed,” Ms Weber said.

“It is high time this nation had Aboriginal heritage protection laws which gave Indigenous people a clear and unequivocal veto on projects which threaten their heritage,”  Bob Brown said.

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