No Vehicles on Aboriginal Heritage in takayna / Tarkine



The deadline for submissions is 26th September so we have very little time.

The Tasmanian government has applied to the Federal government to obtain approval for ‘off-road vehicle mitigation actions’. Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, any actions that are likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance must be assessed and approved by the Commonwealth Environment Minister. If a proposal is referred, the Environment Minister must decide whether a proposed activity is likely to have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance or on Commonwealth land. 

You can read our full submission here, we have prepared a simplified version for you to send below. 


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  • Barb Mason
    commented 2017-09-21 07:54:05 +1000
    Disgusted with the Government Federal, State and Local.
    One minute they return the land to the traditional owners, and the next they take it back.
    Give an apology to the Native peoples and then kick them in the guts.
    Enough is enough. They are the very best caretakers for their own land. If in doubt look what we have done in the 200 years of settlement. Logging – clearing land at unprecedented rate ; Mining – leaving huge ugly holes on the landscape where none has been re-vegetated; Gas wells – that leak like sieves, and pollute soil and water; Industry – that ruins the air we breathe.
    If nothing is saved we will suffer the consequences in the long term. Air pollution, no fresh water to drink, no sea life, no wild life, all we will have is a hot dry arid land where anything we want has to be imported.
  • Sammy Howard
    commented 2017-09-20 19:27:10 +1000
    Firstly I’m a Tasmanian Palawa man aged 64 . I’ve lived, and worked in and had associations with the far north west, west coast, for over 40 years. I worked as a HACC coordinator with CHAC for 4years. I’m a current member of both the CHAC, and the Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation. I have personally witnessed the destruction of middens and hut sites south of the Arthur River and south of the Pieman River. Not to mention the damage done to the Heath and peat beds. I don’t support any moves to reopen any of the tracks on the west coast. Simply because it is my belief that they will be damage and distruction of our ancestral sites that are over 60,000 years old. They cannot be replace, repaired, or revegitated once damage is done it can’t be undone. Please protect our ancestors living places and our unique heritage.