Lake Pedder and the Fight for Conservation

The economic development of Australia has been associated with environmental impacts and in some cases has generated considerable public ire. The 'green movement' was initially strongest in Tasmania with

Table 2 Largest constructed reservoirs retained by dams by state, territory, or region

State/Territory

Name

Reservoir

Capacity (x 109) (m3)

Tasmania

Gordon

Lake Gordon

12.450

Western Australia

Ord River

Lake Argyle

10.760

New South Wales

Eucumbene

Lake Eucumbene

4.798

Victoria

Dartmouth

-

4.000

Queensland

Burdekin Falls

Lake Dalrymple

1.860

Northern Territory

Darwin River

-

0.259

Australian Capital Territory

Corin

-

0.0755

South Australia

Mount Bold

Mount Bold

0.0459

North Island (NZ)

Arapuni

0.144

South Island (NZ)

Benmore

1.680

campaigns to preserve wilderness areas, prevent logging of natural forests and arrest the building of dams for the generation of hydroelectricity. In the 1970s, the Gordon River was dammed, flooding Lake Pedder to unnaturally high levels. Although the battle to preserve Lake Pedder and its distinctive surrounding landscape failed, it stimulated the public into protesting against environmental destruction, and this fight stimulated the birth of the modern conservation movement in Australia. A decade later a proposal to dam the Franklin River was quashed by the Environmental movement. A key figure in this campaign was Bob Brown who founded the Green Party in Tasmania. He was jailed for three weeks for his protest but was enlisted as a parliamentarian less than 24 h after his release.

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