Keeping parks stronger requires real protection, not mining and off road vehicle tracks

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Bob Brown Foundation has criticized the Tasmanian Liberal’s policy announcement for parks and reserves.

“An missing part of Tasmania’s Liberal party policy today is World Heritage nomination of takayna / Tarkine. Successive governments have shown not only wilful neglect for their international responsibilities but gross intent to destroy Australia’s largest temperate rainforests,” said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“Today’s announcement by the Tasmanian Liberals fails to address actual protection of our islands reserves after presiding over a ten-year dark age for wilderness protection in Tasmania”, said Scott Jordan.

“We have seen the commodification of our wild places, with access sold to the highest bidder. The Liberals have backed mines in reserves, a rainforest logging plan that legislated logging in rainforest reserves, and selling of exclusive access to private developers,” said Scott Jordan.

“Now in a politically desperate vote grab, they have reannounced 10 million dollars for off road vehicle tracks in the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, against the wishes of the Palawa community,” said Scott Jordan.

“Real protection of our parks and reserves will require a government that understands the value of these areas to Tasmanians, not least of whom the Palawa people, is not measured in money or visitor numbers. It is in ensuring that the cultural and natural values and the species that rely on these places are held in trust, intact for future generations,” said Scott Jorda

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