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September 12, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

“The Australian Heritage Council found the Tarkine in north-west Tasmania of outstanding national heritage significance.” [Australian Government, Dept. of Environment and Energy, Australian Heritage Council, National Heritage Assessment, The Tarkine]www.tarkine.orgBob Brown Foundation, Media Release, 8 September 2017:TURNBULL MUST PROTECT TARKINE HERITAGE - BROWNPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must reject the Hodgman government's request to open off-road vehicle (ORV) access to the Tarkine's heritage-rich west coast, Bob Brown said tonight. The Hodgman request to Turnbull comes after the Federal Court ruled the state must get federal permission to open tracks in the area."Premier Hodgman's Braddon spokesperson on the Tarkine, Joan Rylah, says it all when she told the media today that state government intentions would "reduce vandalism" in the sensitive area. "Ms Rylah is effectively agreeing that re-opening the Sandy Cape to Pieman Heads coast to ORVs will not stop vandalism and she is right," Brown said."Recent opinion polling shows that most Tasmanians think the Tarkine's fragile coastal environment and extraordinary Aboriginal heritage sites should be off-limits to the small fraction of ORV owners who want to invade the area. We will release that polling tomorrow.""It is now up to the Turnbull government to protect this National Heritage Area from destruction," Brown said.