A community group in Tasmania opposing the unwarranted destruction of the Loongana Valley by government and private companies.
Our community should not be asked to bear the burden of the proposed UPC-TasNetworks transmission line.
We support community, tourism, businesses and jobs that rely on the health of our iconic wilderness.
INAPPROPRIATE INFRASTRUCTURE HURTS ALL TASMANIANS
TasNetworks/UPC Renewables (under the umbrella of the 'Marinus Project') are proposing an industrial scale transmission line through our North-West region, levelling everything in its path. Over 90% of this power will be sold to the Mainland, and profits will go offshore.
THE HEALTH OF ICONIC WILDERNESS AREAS, BLACK BLUFF, LOONGANA RANGE, WINTERBROOK AND LEVEN CANYON, ARE AT RISK. THIS PUTS COMMUNITIES, TOURISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT AT RISK.
Loongana is a heavily forested and narrow valley between two ranges. The proposed transmission line and easement will cut through the entire valley west to east. It will become the dominant feature in the landscape and every resident will be directly impacted.
Communities should be a key restraint for the route selection.
Wildlife corridors, threatened animals, biodiversity, critical ecosystems and tourism will be impacted.
The Environment should be a key restraint for the route selection.
We question the economic modelling of Project Marinus, a project that favours offshore investors with few benefits to Tasmania. 90% of the power will go offshore, taking economic growth and long-term jobs with it.
Tourism businesses sustained by wilderness and providing local jobs should be a key restraint for the route selection.
The Route through Loongana will dissect crucial wildlife corridors and fragment rainforest between three reserves, Leven Canyon, Winterbrook and Black Bluff. Loongana is part of the Penguin to Cradle Trail, a continuous walk through alpine wilderness all the way to Cradle Mountain. The valley is home to many threatened and endangered species; wedge-tailed eagles, Tasmanian Devils, Spotted-tailed quolls, eastern quolls, grey goshawks, platypus, masked owls and giant fresh-water crayfish.