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The Greens’ plan to protect takayna/Tarkine

Media Release
Nick McKim 20 Jul 2018

The Greens have a plan to protect takayna/the Tarkine in a National Park that is owned and run by Aboriginal Tasmanians.

Greens candidate for Braddon Jarrod Edwards said takayna is a place of incredible importance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and indeed all people who visit it.

“As custodians of this land we encourage sustainable and well balanced management and use of our home lands so that future generations can enjoy and learn from them as we continue to do,” Mr Edwards said.

“I believe that with Tasmania and the Cradle Coast increasing visitor numbers and the economic benefits associated with this, sustainable tourism enterprises are the best way to showcase the jewel in our region’s crown for many years and generations to come.”

“We must as a community, state and region embrace our region’s greatest asset - its natural, environmental and cultural values and begin caring for and utilising these in a way that benefits everyone and everything that exists within them so that we don’t lose them.”

Greens Senator for Tasmania Nick McKim said takayna’s incredible coastlines, forests and Aboriginal cultural heritage needed protection.

“takayna is an area of great beauty and immense cultural and natural significance,” Senator McKim said.

“It should be protected in a national park and recognised for its World Heritage values.”

“Only the Greens have a plan to protect takayna as a National Park and World Heritage Area.”

The Greens would:

  • Protect takayna in a National Park
  • Hand the land back to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community
  • Fund Aboriginal rangers to manage the property
  • Apply for World Heritage listing for the area
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