Tarkine heritage nomination

Tarkine bushwalk 26 April 2003
Tarkine bushwalk 26 April 2003

Submission on National Heritage Listing of the Tarkine

FROM: Peter Campbell, address supplied

TO: Australian Heritage Council

5th March 2010

Public comment submission on: National Heritage Listing of the Tarkine, north west Tasmania.

I am writing to support the recent Emergency National Heritage Listing of the Tarkine. I have visited the area and was greatly impressed by its cultural and natural values. I firmly believe these values justify a National Heritage listing.

The natural and cultural values of the Tarkine I think are particularly important and well recognised include;

  • One of the richest archaeological sites in Tasmania with the diversity and density of Aboriginal sites ranking it among “the world’s greatest archaeological sites”. There are hut site remains, pebble causeways, numerous extensive middens and petroglyphs
  • The largest single tract of rainforest in Australia, and the largest Wilderness dominated by rainforest in Australia with over 190,000 ha of rainforest in total
  • The northern limit of Huon Pine
  • High diversity of wet tall eucalypt forests including large, contiguous areas of Eucalyptus obliqua
  • Great diversity of other vegetation communities, such as dry sclerophyll forest and woodland, buttongrass moorland, sandy littoral communities, wetlands, grassland, dry coastal vegetation and sphagnum communities
  • High diversity of non-vascular plants (mosses, liverworts and lichens) including at least 151 species of liverworts and 92 species of mosses
  • Diverse vertebrate fauna including 28 terrestrial mammals, 111 land and freshwater birds, 11 reptiles, 8 frogs and 13 freshwater fish
  • Over 50 rare, threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna, including the Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle and Giant Freshwater Crayfish
  • A complex and diverse invertebrate fauna, including; at least 16 species found nowhere else, the largest freshwater invertebrate on earth (Astacopsis gouldi) and one of the richest amphipod (a type of small crustacean) fauna diversities in the world
  • Globally unique magnesite karst systems in the Lyons/Keith/Arthur River areas and at Main Rivulet/ Bowry Creek area
  • Excellent examples of joint controlled drainage features (e.g. Huskisson syncline, Meredith Range, Rapid River)
  • Significant coastal features such as the Sandy Cape dune field, which are among the largest in Australia, and the Arthur River estuary (probably the best example of a large river estuary in good condition in Tasmania)
  • Dolomite karst systems in the Trowutta/Sumac/Black River region and Karst landforms in the ‘Ahrberg’ group (Donaldson and Upper Rapid rivers)
  • The largest basalt plateau in Tasmania retaining its original vegetation
  • Other geomorphic features such as the Bulgobac glacial end moraine and fossil sites at Marionoak and Hatfield River
  • Large areas of high quality wilderness centred on the Meredith Range and the Sumac region and three separate areas (Norfolk Range, Mt Bertha/Donaldson River and Savage/Keith River) which abut each other, creating a continuous stretch of wilderness covering much of the proposed National Heritage Area;
  • Areas of high quality scenic value such as; Australia’s largest tract of rainforest, the Meredith Range, the Norfolk Range and the coastline

The Tarkine contains a wide diversity of values. It is a significant area that contains a large proportion of true wilderness.

I commend it’s listing to the members of the Australian Heritage Council, and encourage you to recommend it’s permanent inclusion on the National Heritage List.

I believe World Heritage listing should also be considered for this unique and precious region.

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