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Tassie’s Diverse West Coast & the Tarkine
Nestled in the pristine southern waters of Australia, Tasmania is a geographical gem with unique qualities that can contribute more to the world than it takes.
The island’s diverse geography, ranging from rugged mountain peaks to lush rainforests and wild coastal beauty has an abundance of natural resources.
Tasmania’s temperate climate, high rainfall and exposure to “The Roaring Forties” winds supports diverse ecosystems and aids the ability of the island to support an environmentally sustainable population.
Tasmania has a landmass of 6,840,1006 hectares with 3,030km of coastline that supports a growing population of over 540,000 people.
1,463,000 hectares of Tasmania’s landmass is national park, protecting the natural and cultural values of these areas while providing for ecologically sustainable recreation.
That’s 21% of the State with the highest level of protection. Saving our most pristine environments for future generations.
622,000 hectares of Tasmania’s landmass is Conservation areas, protected areas of land predominantly in a natural state. The sustainable use of natural resources may be permitted, such as mining, special species timber harvesting or hunting.
An additional 9.1% of the State’s is protected as high conservation value areas.
937,000 hectares of Tasmania’s landmass is held in other reserves, areas and site types that have a broad range of conservation values. Including Aboriginal sites, historic sites, recreation areas, game, nature, regional and state reserves.
A further 13.7% of the State’s land is managed for it’s conservation values but also acknowledging the diverse use’s needed to foster a sustainable society.
The West Coast
The wild West Coast of Tasmania has many rich and diverse aspects to it. Strong Aboriginal heritage, colonial convict past, mining rich geology, stunning natural environments, wild oceans and resilient locals to highlight a few.
The Tarkine region spans between 400,000 – 447,000 hectares of Tasmania’s West Coast. The name recognises the Tarkiner Aboriginal people that inhabited the broader region.
It contains landscapes of high cultural and environmental value that are protected by a series of National Parks, Conservation Areas & other state managed reserves.
And at the same time supports a significant amount of infrastructure. Including 2400km of roads, 40km of high voltage transmission lines, 2 hydro power stations, railways & pipelines.
Infrastructure that has supported 173 sites of historic or current mineral extraction.
Solving global challenges for a brighter future needs critical minerals, creative thinking & a willingness to work together.
Getting the balance right is important. The West Coast of Tasmania is striking that balance. The stunning photos you see of this area are examples of the coexistence of a diverse range of needs. Cultural, recreational, industrial and ecological needs all met to sustainably contribute more than we take from the world. When communities work together they can achieve great outcomes.
See for Yourself
Explore the interactive map below to see how the diverse environment on the west coast of Tasmania has been utilised to sustainably produce the minerals our society needs.
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