Tag Archive | Tasmania

Just Around the Corner

When you take the time to catch your breath, the world can open up and reveal its hidden little secrets.

This is one of those moments. a Moment to stop and stretch the legs.

A bridge to far?

A bridge to far?

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We are getting there Slowly! Pulp Mill Update

Firstly a few Thank you’s

A HUGE THANKYOU TO THE ANZ BANKING CORPORATION. Thats right I am thanking a corporation, never thought I would live to see the day when a company (especially a bank) would put the environment and its customers before the almighty dollar. It appears however this is the case.

Customers of the ANZ who opposed the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill began a campaign to remove funds, close accounts and even transfer loans away from the ANZ, as they were the main financier for the mill. ANZ came out yesterday and announce they will not be funding the Pulp Mill.

Three cheers hip hip horray!

Next THANKYOU TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO WITHDREW THEIR FUNDS FROM THE BANK you did it well done.
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The Devils may be saved…

The latest critter to face extinction is the Tasmanian Devil…. however this is not from the normal contributions from man nor is it known what has caused the cancerous Facial Tumour disease currently moving through the population of Devils on the East Coast of Tasmania, many of us have views as to the cause but few are willing to state publicly. Views range from the lack of Genetic Diversity in the population to the one which I subscribe to pesticide over use which has altered the genetic makeup of the creature, all of the current schools of thought are valid, but no single contributing factor has yet been identified and if it is the latter I doubt it will be…

But there has been a recent breakthrough, some good news which I am happy to report to all…

A Tasmanian Devil from the West Coast of Tasmania appears to have a Natural Immunity to the disease.
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We are almost gone!

One of the most famous creature australia has to offer is the Tasmanian Devil. It is largest mammal Carnivour and an Icon throughout Tasmania. They were made famous through warner Bros Patrial of them as the hunourous Tassie Devil.

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Despite the fierce reputations the Devil is quite shy, they can be heard at night as their howling screeches and haunting howls ring out through the Tasmanian Wilderness.

However these incredible creatures are in fast decline. A form has of cancer has gripped this creatures causing horrible facial tumours which eventually lead the animal starving to death. The disease was first witnessed in 1996 and has since spread throughout the eastern half of the state.  As at November 2007, the Tasmanian devil disease had been confirmed at 60 different locations across 59% of Tasmania’s mainland with the West coast area being disease free so far. At this rate the Tasmanian Devil will be extinct within 20years.

Across the state and indeed the country an effect to keep the species alive and therefore prevent another extinction is underway with disease free animals being moved into quarentine areas both in Tasmania and on Mainland Australia to be kept as breeding stock.

This project is called Project Ark. and is a project to capture and remove healthy animals in an attempt to keep breeding population, to date there is around 100 animals with in the ark with expected  targets of 500-1500 animals to keep genetic diversity.

The cause of the facial tumour disease is at present unknown… however research can now diagnose animals… there has been much speculation as where and how the outbreak happened with poisons and pesticides being thought by many as the starting point, a mutated reaction to something but this is speculation, however this disease has never been seen in animals prior to 1996. It is almost unheard off for a rebust species such as the Devils being driven to extinction by a newly formed unheard of disease.  Although testing and research into a cure have been underway for almost a decade and with no immunity or resistance within the animals and no immunisation or treatment we stand to loose this creature as another casualty of mans inattention to the environment

Check out these links to see how you can help or for just further information on these wonderful creatures… and help us save another species. Even Warners Bros is trying….

I was going to fill the page with images of devils healthy and sick but it is far to upsetting. If you wish to see for yourself what this disease looks like you will find images in some of the links below but I do warn you it is not a pretty site. 

DPIW Tasmanian Dept of Primary Industries and Water

Warners Bros Even Hollywood tries to save the Devils

Save the Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park

Sustainable living

I have been away on a little adventure traveling around the West Coast of the State of Tasmania.
My family and I have been camping but in the traditional camping way….

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What do I mean by this? Well lets see…
No Caravan, fridge, generator, mobile phone, Television, or homely comforts…
We took Tent, fold up table and chairs, fold away table to cook, small BBQ, blankets etc, lantern, food, axe and that was about it…

One of the places we ventured was a little village known as Trial Harbour on the far west coast of Tasmania…. Yes I know so many people visit small village so what made this one special?

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Trial Harbour is not Connect to the Electricity Power Grid or the Telecommunition grid, or the Water or anything…. The entire town runs quiet happily from Solar and Wind Generated power attached to each of their homes. These also where not mere fishing shacks some where two stories with all the mod cons.
Small Wind Turbines and two or three solar panels on each home was all that was obvious to the passer bye. most homes had a Satelitte dish, and some also had a wireless attenna set up. So you could see the residents would have Television, Satelitte Phones, electricity, Wireless Internet.
There are no shops, or taps so all previsions need to be taken with you however it is just 25 kms to Zeehan to restock. There is a clean creek to restock water but you should bring your own bottles with you. The road in to Trial Harbour from the main road is 20km of Gravel  and when we went quite passable with a car. 
Along the sides of the road, you will notice bolders which are just sticking up everywhere. Huge granite bolders perched on the sides of hills and mountains, these are reminants from the last Ice Age. Many have been signed by Tourists…

There is a well set up camping area, with a clean pit tiolet and campfires established for use.

I would highly recommend Trial Harbour for a camping Holiday to anyone venturing to Tasmania. It has the best Surfing in the country. The Southern Ocean hits land here with the most incredible waves. There is a sheltered beach for the kids although caution must be taken as conditions can change very quickly and there is no hospital or lifeguards so you are on your own in that respect.

Trial Harbour I must say is a lesson for anyone in sustainable living and proves a home can quiet comfortably be run from the resources nature has provided.
A town can run on the same principles shown here and with a little planning and forethought we can all live off the grid and still be in contact with the outside world.

Something You should see!

I have found 2 Youtube Videos which are a must see for anyone who truly cares about the environment….

It is a segment on the Australian 60 minutes Current Affairs Program, only goes for 15 minutes but does give a great insight into what we are facing trying to save this beautiful place…..

Please watch:

Pulp Friction (Part 1 of 2) – Gunns Pulp Mill Story

Pulp Friction (Part 2 of 2) – Gunns Pulp Mill Story

Lets Stop the Rot!

 From this

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To this:

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From this:

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To this:

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I recently posted on the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill and voiced my disgust at its approval…. There is a definate double standard running through the Climate and Environment subject here in Australia…Yesterday Kevin Rudd has Announced $200 million dollars to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from dieing…Well Done Mr Rudd a Worthy cause.

But still no one from either of the political parties  has come out against this Mill why?

Arent the People of Tasmania worthy of clean air, clean water, food, soil?

Aren’t our endagered creatures worth as much as the animals on the Mainland or is it the fact that Tasmania has a population of less than 500,000.

I do feel it is the latter?

I am trying very hard not to be politically bias however on this subject I am not being given much choice.  The only party willing to stand up for us at the moment is the Greens and Bob Brown. They have stated they will not be handing over preferrences to either party in Tasmania this is terrific start….

Come on people help stop fellow Australians being poisoned slowly by yet another Gunns initiative… For those of you who don’t know whatc happening check out http://aussiecynic.com/?p=209