Lake Pedder—from inundation to restoration

In 2013, Lake Pedder Restoration Incorporated (LPRI) developed a 3D visualisation – Lake Pedder – from inundation to restoration – which enables viewers to appreciate the process, the drama and the excitement of restoration of this unique landscape.

You are invited to view (and listen to) the 3D visualisation, remember the incomparable beauty of Lake Pedder and contemplate the journey ahead to its restoration by viewing the 3D visualisation on our Restoration page.

After viewing, you are invited to leave a comment here, or:

Regards
Peter Fagan
for Lake Pedder Restoration

Lake Pedder reappearing as the level of the Huon-Serpentine impoundment is lowered (3D visualisation)

Lake Pedder reappearing as the level of the Huon-Serpentine impoundment is lowered (3D visualisation)

Some background …

Just over forty years ago, in June 1973, the Lake Pedder Committee of Enquiry recommended a moratorium of at least three years, during which the waters that had flooded Lake Pedder in 1972 could be drained and the decision to flood the lake reassessed.

Realising that the moratorium would save the lake, the Tasmanian government rejected the proposal and Lake Pedder remained flooded.

Despite this lost opportunity, the restoration of Lake Pedder remains an aspiration of many Tasmanians and indeed Australians. Lake Pedder Restoration Incorporated (LPRI) works to present that aspiration to the community and to government.

At a time when Tasmania faces seemingly intractable economic challenges, the LPRC held an event in July 2013 to reconsider the beautiful and possible idea of restoring Lake Pedder.

For the event, LPRI developed a 3D visualisation which enables viewers to appreciate the process, the drama and the excitement of restoration of this unique landscape.

The visualisation also demonstrates how civil engineering works can reconfigure the Middle Gordon power scheme so that alongside a restored Lake Pedder, it can continue to generate 85% of its current output.

Our aim is to convey the potential of Lake Pedder restoration as a valid and viable idea for the future of a Tasmania that has run out of other BIG ideas. We invited all Tasmania’s politicians to attend, and we hoped to convince government to conduct a thorough analysis of the potential economic and other benefits that restoration offers.

After the event, we did not immediately publish the 3D visualisation on the internet, as we hoped there would be opportunities to present it to Tasmania’s political “leaders” and we did not want the politicians to be able to say “No thanks – seen it already on YouTube / Facebook.”

As far as we know, Liberal and Labor politicians have not looked at the 3D visualisation or opened their minds to consider our idea. So we think it should be made available for all Tasmanians (and Australians) to view and think about.

Please accept our invitation to view the 3D visualisation, remember the incomparable beauty of Lake Pedder and contemplate the journey ahead to its restoration.

The 3D visualisation has won an Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for Research and Communication in Landscape Architecture – see AILA award.

The launch at MONA in July 2013 of the 3D visualisation received media attention.

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