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takayna/Tarkine Still Under Threat

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 18 August 2016

Tags: Aboriginal Tasmanians, takayna / Tarkine, Education, Schools, 4WD Tracks, Aboriginal Heritage, Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Agrees that the takanya, or Tarkine, is a place of deep cultural significance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people and recognised globally as a region of outstanding cultural value.

(2)           Recognises that the book 'takanya, country, culture' was launched by the Bob Brown Foundation and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre on Friday 12 August 2016.

(3)           Notes that 'takanya, country, culture' will be distributed through schools to help educate young Tasmanians about the State's rich Aboriginal history on the North West and West Coasts.

(4)           Acknowledges with sadness that Aboriginal history in takanya/the Tarkine is threatened by irresponsible recreational four wheel drive users.

(5)           Understands the Premier's comments that his Government wants to "reset the relationship" with Tasmania's Aboriginal community.

(6)           Points the Premier to how hollow these words sound while his Government pursues the potential destruction of Aboriginal Heritage by embarking on a legal challenge to re-open four wheel drive tracks in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, a place where the human story of Tasmania dates back tens of thousands of years and lives still in this remarkable landscape.