takayna / Tarkine

The ancient forests, mountains and coastline of takayna urgently need protection as a World Heritage-listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership.
takayna is under huge threat from mining.

Vast areas of takayna are covered by mining leases, which have the potential to destroy rainforests, grasslands and river systems.  

 

We still have a chance to halt these projects before this destruction occurs.  

 

Currently, we are defending ancient rainforests from mining companies MMG and Venture Minerals. 

 

Their proposed mines would destroy large areas of takayna. With your help, we can stop them.

 

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Science, Art and Trail-running events held annually are key campaign events for you to join.

Bioblitz

A festival of nature in takayna, BioBlitz catalogues the biodiversity of takayna and add to the scientific knowledge about this region. Every November since 2015 we have gathered hundreds of scientists and citizens to count the species in takayna.

 

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Art for takayna

One of Australia’s biggest environmental arts projects, since 2015 we have hosted hundreds of artists in takayna.  Immersing them into the wild takayna to create unique works of art – paintings, songs, photographs, films, drawings and more – to put a spotlight on the wild, ancient and threatened place. 

 

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takayna Trail

As the takayna Trail community, our main goal is to use our love for running to help protect takayna. We run to have takayna protected as a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership. 

 

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The Wilson Valley Huon pines are a global treasure.

The catchment is clothed with magnificent rainforest, including these unique Tasmanian pines which live to more than 3,000 years old. It is worthy of World Heritage of itself and makes the nomination of takayna / Tarkine essential.

You can help us prevent the destruction of takayna by joining the blockade.

Our Pieman River blockade in takayna has occupied an area of south-east takayna since late 2020. Preventing the logging of rainforests by Forestry Tasmania and the proposed heavy metals tailings waste dump by Chinese state-owned miner MMG. Help us to continue holding the line.

 

Proposed construction of a massive toxic, acid-producing tailings dam and logging in the Pieman River area of takayna would destroy rainforest and the wildlife that depend on it. This is home to the Masked Owl, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted-tailed Quoll and Tasmanian Devil.

 

In February 2020 we occupied this coupe and forced the retreat of the logging machines, and since January 2021 we have been holding Chinese state-owned mining giant MMG at bay. Over 400 volunteers have spent time on this front line, with over 70 arrested stopping the machines. But the miners and loggers are still scheduled to return. We plan to stay in place to stop them again.

 

The tall ancient eucalyptus forests and rainforests of takayna are one of Earth’s great treasure. They are also rich and essential carbon storehouses in the face of the climate emergency.

 

You can help us prevent the destruction of this incredible forest by joining us on the frontline at the blockade.

 

If you can’t physically be with us on the frontline, you can show your support by making a tax-deductible donation.

 

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Australia’s largest wilderness dominated by rainforest – extremely rare worldwide.

takayna contains the most extensive and least fragmented areas of cool temperate rainforests in Australia.

 

Wilderness dominated by rainforests is extremely unusual and comprises only a small percentage of all Australian wilderness.

 

Such largely undisturbed extensive tracts of cool temperate rainforest are extremely rare worldwide, the only other remnants are New Zealand, Chile, Siberia and western North America.

 

The largest occurrences of temperate rainforests in takayna are in the Savage river, Donaldson river, Meredith and Sumac regions. The Savage and Donaldson river areas constitute the largest temperate rainforest wilderness areas in Australia.

 

A living link to the super continent Gondwana, takayna is an extraordinary fragment of one of the most primitive vegetation formations on Earth.

 

Providing a unique window into our planet’s ancient past, the cool temperate rainforests in takayna were once widespread across the ancient supercontinent Gondwana.

 

Most plants found in takayna are Gondwana species, including the myrtle, leatherwood and celery-top pine.

 

Some of the best-preserved plant fossil sites in the world, dating back 65 million years are found in takayna.

 

There are very few truly wild, large tracts of country left on Earth where ongoing evolutionary processes can continue unimpeded as they have done over many millions of years – takayna is one of those places.

In takayna, ancient rainforests are flattened by logging.

In takayna, ancient rainforests are flattened by logging and wildlife-rich ancient eucalyptus forests clearfelled for woodchips. Contentiously sourced wood is supplied to the controversial Borneo logging giant Ta Ann and Shin Yang. After logging, the area is burnt with a napalm-like substance that aggravates climate change and pollutes the air. 

 

In takayna, due to our blockades and protests, logging has not occurred in takayna since early 2020.   

 

A permanent logging zone covers 30 000 hectares in takayna.

 

Regional reserves and conservation areas cover 295 700 hectares.  Logging, mining and off-road vehicle access is permitted in these reserves.  In 2014 the Tasmanian government introduced legislation weakening the status of regional reserves and conservation areas, allowing them to be logged, including reserves protected since 1980. 

 

As intact forests across the globe become rarer, secure protection of takayna’s forests are a key component in mitigating global climate change. 

 

The protection of takayna still awaits World Heritage listing.

The protection of takayna with its spectacular coast, rainforest, rara wildlife and remarkable Aboriginal cultural landscape, still awaits World Heritage listing and National Park protection, and return to Aboriginal ownership.  These require a Labor or Liberal government to come good. 

 

World Heritage protection would recognise the outstanding universal values, including the largest area of cool temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere, living reminders of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana and remnants of villages that bear testimony to the long habitation by Tasmanian Aboriginal people. 

 

Outstanding natural heritage attributes include the largest tract of intact cool temperate rainforest in Australia, extensive high-quality wilderness, expansive tracts of temperate moorland and heathland, habitat for in-situ conservation of biological diversity and geological and geomorphological evidence of Earth’s history. 

 

Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is only one of two World Heritage sites on Earth to fulfil seven of UNESCO’s ten criteria for Outstanding Universal Values.  For each of the seven relevant criteria for Outstanding Universal Values, there are qualifying features in takayna that lie outside the current boundaries of the TWWHA. 

 

The Australian Heritage Council found takayna / Tarkine to be of outstanding heritage value and recommended it be entered on the National Heritage List. The Council found that the rainforests are important for their flora, lichens and fossils, which help tell the story of Australia’s ancient evolution. In 2013 the Australian Government failed to list the full recommended area. The Aboriginal heritage coastline that was placed on the National Heritage list still suffers severe damage to its cultural values from off-road vehicles. 

 

Adding takayna to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area will become an outstanding beacon for northwest Tasmania’s economy, job-creation and sense of pride in a world where wild and scenic beauty is diminishing every day and at a greater premium every day. 


takayna / Tarkine is one of Australia’s richest Aboriginal cultural landscapes in Australia.

takayna / Tarkine is one of Australia’s richest Aboriginal cultural landscapes. Along the takayna coast is the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, with globally significant Aboriginal cultural values, including the greatest number, diversity and density of Aboriginal hut sites in Australia. Extensive scatters of stone artefacts, huge middens containing shells and bones of marsupials and seals, rock shelters, human burial grounds and petroglyphs of geometric forms all add to the rich Aboriginal cultural heritage of takayna / Tarkine.

 

“Our middens are an incredible gift, telling us much more than just what people ate, but showcasing an array of information about time, place and of how people lived. Layers of shells representing generations of knowledge left for all of us to learn from. When these middens are crushed by the force of vehicles being driven over them it destroys this information, it changes the story, this damage is irreparable and irreversible – the story is lost forever,” - Sharnie Read, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.

 

Off-road vehicles and 4WDs that drive along the remote takayna coast are causing irreversible damage to the Aboriginal heritage landscape that has existed for more than 40 000 years. These vehicles have driven directly across vast areas of middens and other irreplaceable sites. Globally significant cultural values in takayna are under-recognised, unprotected, vandalised and repeatedly disrespected. This cultural landscape is priceless to Tasmania’s Aboriginal community, especially because of the relatively low level of post-invasion disturbance.

takayna is home to more than 60 species of rare, threatened and endangered species. 

The world’s largest extant carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian Devil, lives here. 

Home to the world’s largest freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi, also known as the Giant Freshwater Lobster. 

The Trans Tarkine Track is a proposal for a new ten day walk, set to be one of the world’s great wild adventures.

A positive economic alternative to mining and logging in the region.

 

Our Foundation has developed a survey of the track, a feasibility study, a business case and demand study for this proposed multiday walk.

 

This exciting proposal is for a 100km walk through temperate rainforest, across button grass moorlands, over the Norfolk Range, and along the wild coastline, all while embracing Tasmania’s ancient Aboriginal heritage. The journey would conclude with a cruise from North Pieman Heads to the eco-village of Corinna. Once operational, the Trans Tarkine Track will be the longest wilderness foot-track in Tasmania, incorporating ten purpose-built campsites.

 

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