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The Tarkine National Coalition has expressed lodged a fresh nomination for Tarkine Emergency National Heritage Listing. This area was covered by the Tarkine Emergency National Heritage Listing until December 2011when federal Environment Minister Tony Burke allowed the Tarkine Emergency National Heritage Listing to lapse citing the removal of the immediate threat of the original Tarkine Road.

“The lapsing of the National Heritage Listing has left this area exposed and there is a urgent need for National Heritage protection for this wild and unique place,” said Tarkine National Coalition spokesperson Scott Jordan.

“We will be lodging a new application for Tarkine Emergency National Heritage Listing of the Tarkine, as this proposal clearly demonstrates a ‘likely and imminent threat’ to the acknowledged National Heritage values as required by the EPBC Act.”

“The National Heritage values of the Tarkine are widely recognised, including by the previous Minister. They haven’t changed since the 2009 listing, and therefore the case for listing now is as strong as it was the initial Emergency National Heritage Area was listed ”.

In June 2010 the Australian Heritage Council released preliminary mapping that actually extended the area beyond the nominated boundary, and Tarkine National Coalition cannot see any valid justification for the listing to have lapsed.

“We are calling on the Minister to re-invoke the Tarkine Emergency National Heritage Listing to ensure that the current Shree Minerals’ Nelson Bay River mine and any future developments are required to be assessed against the National Heritage criteria.”

The company has acknowledged that at least 6 Commonwealth listed threatened species are known to be in the proposed site, including Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisii, Azure kingfisher Ceyx azurea subsp. diemenensis, Wedge-tailed eagle Aquila audax subsp. fleayi, Spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus subsp. maculates, Satin flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca, and Prasophyllum pulchellum pretty leek orchid, with an additional 16 listed threatened species within the 5 km radius.

The new listing includes updated mapping to remove existing mining leases within the Tarkine. This is consistent with the original (2004) nomination that sought to avoid impacts on existing mines at that time, and the removal of new and expanded leases ensures no impact on existing mining operations.

The nomination covers an area of 442,194 hectares (down from the original 447,000).

Download map of the nominated area: Tarkine_National_Heritage_Listing_2011.pdf