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Heritage No Excuse for Logging the TWWHA

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Tags: Heritage, Aboriginal Heritage, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Native Forest Logging

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Environment and Heritage spokesperson

Senator Colbeck's comments supporting selective logging in the World Heritage Area are offensive, and use of heritage as a transparent disguise is laughable.

Heritage is a key part of Tasmania's identity, but the assertion that our precious wild places be destroyed in its name is insulting.

The TWWHA was once again recognised by UNESCO as being a precious international asset that warranted protection for its wilderness and cultural heritage values. Those values that would be compromised if it was opened up to logging activity.

The Hodgman Liberal Government should be listening to UNESCO and the Tasmanian aboriginal community when it comes to protecting wilderness and cultural heritage, not their Canberra colleagues.

Public comments supporting an industry that may put aboriginal heritage at risk are insensitive to Tasmania's first people, particularly during NAIDOC Week.