Restore Pedder

The summer of 2021-22 marks 50 years since Lake Pedder’s temporary flooding. It is the dawning of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and conclusion of Pedder’s impounding dams lifespan. Lake Pedder’s revival is inevitable, amidst brooding climate and biodiversity crisis the Tasmanian and Federal Government could pull the plug today, restore this global icon and become a beacon of hope that humanity can turn the tide on environmental destruction.

Its time to restore Lake Pedder.

Pedder on The Project

“It’s an Australian natural wonder up there with the likes of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, but chances are you’ve never heard of it because nearly 50 years ago it was drowned beneath 15 metres of water, now there’s a push to restore it to its former glory” From The Project, Monday 14th September 2020.

In 1972, the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Lake Pedder was flooded by the Serpentine Hydro impoundment. Barrister Edward St John famously stated: “The day will come when our children will undo what we so foolishly have done.”

The day has come. Our children are rallying together and marching on the streets demanding climate action and protection the precious ecosystems that support life on Earth.

In the midst of a climate and biodiversity crisis, the restoration of the original Lake Pedder will:

  • Show Tasmania can achieve a renewable energy/low emissions future, restore our wild places and fix our mistakes of the past
  • Enhance the value of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
  • Provide an opportunity for Tasmanian scientists and engineers to lead one of the world’s largest and most important ecological restorations
  • Be a symbol of hope to the world that we can turn the tide of destruction to live in balance with nature

We need your help to restore Lake Pedder

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On the March long weekend 2022 Pedder people gathered by the shores of the Pedder impoundment to commemorate 50 years since Pedder’s temporary flooding, and celebrate being a day closer to the original lakes inevitable revival. [Imagery and sound track by Liam Meagher. Voices in order as they are heard; Tabatha Badger, Bob Brown, Jessica Robbins and Tabatha Badger again] Click here to view the full photo gallery from the event.

Original Beach confirmed intact

In February 2020 a submersible was sent to investigate the current condition of Lake Pedder’s iconic pink quartzite beach and returned with auspicious footage confirming it remains and is only covered by a thin layer of sediment.

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The Plan

In the summer of 2021-22 it will be fifty years since the water of the Serpentine Hydro impoundment swallowed the wide pinkish-white quartzite beach Lake Pedder: the wild heart of Tasmania. This coincides with the start of the United Nations Decade of Ecological Restoration 2021 to 2030 to massively scale up global action on restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems.

Header Image Elspeth Hope-Johnstone & Banner Image Rob Blakers, logo design Keep Tassie Wild.