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First Day, July: A celebration of the Tarkine ...

There’s no argument that takayna/Tarkine is deserving of National Park and World Heritage status.

When the data is collated and the numbers crunched, the likes of Carmen Lawrence and Malcolm Turnbull, and anyone capable of informed critical thinking, did indeed find reason to get the ball rolling by way of recommending National Heritage listing.

And that is simply with the data we have today. But knowledge gaps that remain, are immense.

As is disincentive to actually fill them in an anti-science, anti-academic/education, anti-nature political milieu.

This region, which supported large Aboriginal populations for thousands of years, was given a mere 2km coastal strip of National Heritage recognition.


Their incredible marks of occupation extend well into the hinterland, and quite possibly deep into the rainforest.

So much more research and understanding is required to add to this foundational, very human, appreciation of takayna country and Heritage values.

Myself, as an observant bushwalker, noted some unusual vegetation, and a year later, after much incredible expert support and intense study in botany, submitted for publication a paper demonstrating over a dozen plant species found well outside their previously known range, and a new vegetation community until now not documented in the Northwest.

As a bio-region, the Tarkine holds rich possibilities for discovery, clearly it’s Natural Values are currently, ignorantly, perhaps insanely, undervalued. In the current climate of antagonistic political regard for science, education and the real progress that these represent, and what appears to be a sometimes malicious attitude to destructive exploitation of the natural world for resources (some resulting in economic loss rather than gain), the independent push for insightful individuals and groups to pursue their curiosity, inspiration, creativity, healing, connection and contribution to understanding takayna/Tarkine has tremendous potential to forge a powerful future congruous for the power in this land, and the respect it deserves.

Mt Hazelton cloud forest, early morning mist, Tarkine.

Norfolk Range rainbow, morning showers, Tarkine

Mt Hazelton rainforest - Nothofagus cunninghamii with Anodopetalum biglandulosum

Mt Hazelton rainforest - old Nothofagus cunninghamii with sunshine, Tarkine

Mt Hazelton rainforest - Nothofagus cunninghamii with Richea milliganii, Tarkine

*Nicole Anderson is a Rural/Wilderness/Expedition Medical Practitioner, photographer, amateur naturalist, SES Remote Area Search & Rescue volunteer, bushwalker, cyclist and ultramarathon runner. She has been doing all this around Smithton for 10 years and counting.

• Peter Adams in Comments: Beautiful photographs. It’s hard to imagine that such a place exists on this earth. It’s harder, yet, to imagine that our federal and state governments don’t want to protect it …

• Lyndall Rowley in Comments: Nicole.  I’m stunned.  The vistas are so beautiful; but those trees and their immediate setting… layer upon layer of life with each tree providing a minute landscape of its own. Speechless. Thank you for sharing the images. Someone should arrange for the key political players to visit the Tarkine and see what you’ve shown us. Because, once experienced, I don’t see how anyone could possibly consider this place unworthy and condone any destruction or disturbance.