Restore Pedder: our wild heart

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77 Salamanca Pl

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Hobart, TAS 7000

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Join artists, adventurers, creatives and aboriginal elders to experience Pedder and connection to country through their eyes.

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“Is there any reason why Tasmania should not be more beautiful on the day we leave it, than on the day we came? If we can revise some of our attitudes towards the land under our feet – if we can accept the role of a steward, and depart from the role of the conqueror; if we can accept the view that man and nature are inseparable parts of the unified whole – then a Tasmania that is truly beautiful can be a shining beacon in a dull, uniform and largely artificial world.”

Olegas Truchanas, 1923 to 1972

The beauty of the original Lake Pedder, declared a national park in 1955, inspired a generation of adventurers, nature lovers and artists who felt a deep connection with the wild places of Tasmania. The threat to flood Pedder saw artists and adventurers become activists and politically engaged citizens. Having lost the battle for Pedder in 1972, they united in the fight to save the Franklin, declare the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, form the world’s first Green Party, the United Tasmania Group, and define the Tasmania we know today.

‘Lake Pedder: The Journey to Restoration’ will be a moment to reflect on the awe-inspiring beauty and significance of the original Lake Pedder through the eyes of artists who captured the moodiness and mystery of this spiritual place. From the famed photographer Olegas Truchanas to the Sunday Painters of Patricia Giles, Elspeth Hope-Johnstone, Max Angus to Luke Wagner, Margaret Forsyth and friends.

The Lake Pedder Restoration Committee invites you to the exhibition and special events to mark an important milestone on the journey to restoration.

Lake Pedder Restoration Committee

In the summer of 2021-22 it will be fifty years since the water of the Serpentine Hydro impoundment swallowed Lake Pedder: the wild heart of Tasmania. This coincides with the start of the UN Decade of Ecological Restoration 2021 to 2030 to massively scale up global action on restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems. We want agreement from Government to Restore Pedder by this anniversary. We have a plan and we need the support of the community to make this happen.

The Lake Pedder Restoration Committee, co-convened by Christine Milne and Todd Dudley, are coordinating the effort to restore this natural wonder of the world. In the midst of a climate and biodiversity crisis, the full restoration of the original Lake Pedder and surrounding ecosystems will:

Show Tasmania can fix our mistakes of the past to achieve an environmentally and socially conscious renewable energy future, restore our wild places and build resilience by enhancing them as a carbon store.

Enhance the values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and build its ecosystem resilience in the face of global warming and increased incidence of dry lightning and fire.

Provide an opportunity for Tasmanian scientists and engineers to lead one of the world’s largest and most important ecological restorations.

Be a symbol of hope to the world that we can turn the tide of destruction to live in balance with nature.

You can help make the restoration a reality:

Leave a bequest: lakepedder.org@gmail.com

Donate or join the mailing list at www.lakepedder.org

100% of proceeds to the campaign to restore Lake Pedder.

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77 Salamanca Pl

77 Salamanca Place

Hobart, TAS 7000

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