Lake Pedder Restoration Inc. meeting

Members are invited to attend the next Lake Pedder Restoration Inc meeting this Saturday, 1 July 2017. It begins 10.15am in the meeting room, upstairs at the State Theatre, 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart.

Following the business meeting, Peter Fagan will deliver an illustrated presentation on the range of options for the Huon pond – that is the body of water that would be left behind the Scotts Peak and Edgar dams once the Huon-Serpentine impoundment is drawn down to a level that allows Lake Pedder to be restored. There are several options, and
members will be invited to express their opinions on them. Friends of Lake Pedder are invited to join us for the presentation.

Memorial service for Max Angus

A Celebration of Max Angus’ life was held at Turnbull Funeral Parlours, Letitia Street North Hobart on Tuesday 7th March, 2017.

Several hundred friends joined Max’s family to farewell this artist, writer and gentleman.

A wonderful display of Max’s art, the several books he authored, his tools (watercolour paints, brushes and easels), his Order of Australia and his war service medals sat at the front of the room (see photos below), beneath a photograph of Max painting taken just weeks before his passing.

Max’s son Peter told the compelling tale of Max’s life from the muddy dirt streets of Battery Point where he grew up to his work as a sign writer and in the war effort, to his career as a professional artist.

Max’s grandchildren – Richard, Nick and Sally also spoke – their faces coming alive with the stories of their grandfather and his positive, inquisitive and attentive disposition.

Melva Truchanas, Elspeth Vaughan and Patricia Giles and others spoke of their old friend and fellow artist with fondness and gratitude. Representatives of the arts community and the conservation movement attested to Max’s hard work and dedication.

There was a lovely festive morning tea after the service – a testament to Max’s spirit.

It was truly a celebration of a life well lived.

Adam Beeson
Co-Convenor, Lake Pedder Restoration

Friends of Lake Pedder mourn passing of Max Angus

Lake Pedder Restoration and friends of Lake Pedder throughout the world are mourning Max Angus, who passed away in late February, aged 102.

Max was a regular visitor to Lake Pedder from the early 1950s. He worked strenuously to save Lake Pedder before it was inundated, using his skills as an artist and a communicator to try to persuade decison makers and the broader community of the need to preserve this unique and remarkably beautiful landscape.

Following the inundation of Pedder, Max continued to raise awareness, through his own paintings and by writing and publishing The World of Olegas Truchanas, which celebrated the life and achievements of his great friend, photgrapher Olegas Truchanas.

He continued to paint Lake Pedder from memory until the end of his life and many of his paintings, along with his recollections of the struggle to save the lake are to be found in his last book, Pedder: The Story – The Paintings, published in 2008.

Max has been featured in newspaper articles many times over the years, always finding a new way to express his passion for Lake Pedder and his hope that it would one day be restored. A fine article about Max, written with affection by Linda Smith, appeared in The Mercury on October 4, 2014 – see Max Angus celebrates 100th birthday.

Max Angus – self portrait

Max Angus – self portrait

A personal tribute to Max that demonstrates his commitment to the natural environment and his skill as an advocate for it was published in Tasmanian Times by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

A Celebration of Max’s life will take place at the Turnbull Funeral Parlours, 71 Letitia Street
North Hobart, at 11.30am on Tuesday 7th March, 2017.

Max Angus in 1984, launching Doug Lowe’s book The Price of Power

Broadcast of Restoring Lake Pedder panel discussion

An edited version of the panel discussion about draining and restoring Lake Pedder, held at Wild Island on Thursday 1 December, has now been broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program (Paul Barclay presenter). To listen to the program or download the MP3 file, click here.

The panel discussion was moderated by Natasha Cica – Director of Kapacity.org, author of Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmanian Wilderness and co-editor of GriffithREVIEW39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point?

Other participants were:

  • Peter Thompson – Broadcast journalist and educator
  • Saul Eslake – Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania, member of the board of directors, Hydro Tasmania and former chief economist of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia and the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
  • Ruth Langford – Yorta Yorta woman and member of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community
  • Richard Eccleston – Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania
  • Emma Anglesey – Tasmanian musician
  • Luke Wagner – Landscape painter

Please find time to listen to this discussion on the future of Lake Pedder.

On 6 February, Peter Thompson spoke with Helen Shield on ABC Local Radio in Tasmania about the RN Big Ideas panel discussion. A link to Peter’s discussion with Helen will be provided shortly.

Is restoring Lake Pedder Tasmania’s Next Big Idea?

Members of the public are invited to attend a panel discussion about draining and restoring Lake Pedder, to be held at Wild Island at 5-7 pm on Thursday 1 December. Wild Island is located at Shop 8, The Galleria, 33 Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania.

The event will be recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program in January 2017.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Natasha Cica – Director of Kapacity.org, author of Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmanian Wilderness and co-editor of GriffithREVIEW39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point?

Other participants are:

  • Peter Thompson – Broadcast journalist and educator
  • Saul Eslake – Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania, member of the board of directors, Hydro Tasmania and former chief economist of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia and the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group
  • Ruth Langford – Yorta Yorta woman and member of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community
  • Richard Eccleston – Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of Tasmania
  • Emma Anglesey – Tasmanian musician
  • Luke Wagner – Landscape painter

Places are limited and tickets can be purchased online. For full details and bookings, click here.

Lake Pedder Restoration community remembers Barbara Ditcham

Barbara Ditcham, who passed away earlier this year in Hobart in her 94th year, was a long-time supporter of the Lake Pedder restoration cause. She wished, like so many others, for Lake Pedder to be restored to its unique, original state.

Barbara and her family’s involvement in the Lake Pedder story began through the passionate work of her activist sister Brenda Hean. Brenda was a founding member of the United Tasmania Group (UTG), the precursor of the Australian Greens political party. The UTG was initially formed as a voice to represent Conservationists.

Brenda died in September 1972 during the campaign to save Lake Pedder from inundation, when the Tiger Moth aircraft in which she and pilot Max Price were flying, disappeared on its mission to Canberra.

The purpose of the flight was to protest the flooding of Lake Pedder. Max and Brenda planned to sky write “SAVE LAKE PEDDER” above Parliament House, then meet with Federal Politicians to voice worldwide profound concerns for the loss of Pedder and the South West Wilderness.

Barbara and Brenda were both known for their outstanding musical abilities – Brenda as an acclaimed organist and concert pianist, and Barbara as a Philharmonic Choir member renowned for her beautiful singing voice.

Barbara and husband Stan’s families were sea-farers. Stan was well known for his engineering, and boat building for both work and pleasure. Weekends and summers were spent sailing on Tasmania’s beautiful estuaries and exploring the varied coastline, nurturing a sense of adventure, intrigue and respect for nature.

Throughout Barbara’s married life there were the various challenges that confront us all one way or another! But 1972 saw her world shattered when Stan drowned tragically whilst away boating down the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Bruny Island.

Brenda was lost in September that year.

Then 2 years later, Barbara’s eldest son, David, an engineer, died in The Mount Saint Canice Laundry boiler explosion in Hobart.

But Barbara’s amazing inner strength, gentle courage, resilience and sense of humour led her to continuing her busy, involved life! Family was her absolute love, as was she to us and an absolute inspiration!

She involved herself wholeheartedly in The National Trust, Red Cross, Hobart Walking Club, Heritage Tours, Orpheus and Warblers Choirs and hosted many a Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania lunch for her various groups! Her involvement with the Lake Pedder 2000 Restoration Group was greatly valued for her support and considered opinions and she was a valuable link to her family, continuing the passion of Brenda!

When in Grade 5, granddaughter Indi and her mother (Barbara’s daughter Celia) created a model of Lake Pedder for a school project. The model has a perspex water level depicting the flooded depth over the original lake. It was titled ‘Pull the Plug’, being fitted with a little Huon Pine plug, which was eventually pulled by Barbara at a reunion at the Waterworks Reserve in March 2015. “Sooner the better!” echoed from the gathering! The occasion was a commemoration of the declaration of the Lake Pedder National Park 60 years earlier in 1955.

Barbara and Green’s Senator, Nick McKim, 60th Anniversary of Lake Pedder National Park gathering; “Pull The Plug” model in the background.

Barbara and Green’s Senator, Nick McKim, 60th Anniversary of Lake Pedder National Park gathering.
“Pull The Plug” model in the background.

Barbara’s friends and admirers in the Lake Pedder restoration cause will long remember this wise, gracious, resilient and supportive lady.

Celia Watchorn and Melva Truchanas

Daring to dream – TasWeekend article on Lake Pedder restoration

The cover story and feature article in the Hobart Mercury’s TasWeekend magazine on 14 May 2016 was entitled Daring to dream – what would it take to restore Lake Pedder?

see article here

TasWeekend_2016_05_cover

As part of her extensive research for the article, TasWeekend staff writer Sally Glaetzer travelled to Strathgordon on a very wet 1 May, with Lake Pedder Restoration members Peter Fagan, Adam Beeson, Stephen Curtain and Chris Holliday when they took LPRI’s engineering consultant Richard Prince to the region for a site visit.

LPRI is delighted with the article, which provided fair coverage of our point of view as well as seeking other opinions and obtaining comments from Hydro Tasmania and Premier Will Hodgman.

LPRI is pleased to learn that Will Hodgman’s “door is open to the Lake Pedder Restoration group” and we hope to arrange a meeting with the Premier soon.

We are also pleased that Sally and TasWeekend’s superbly produced article included in full colour some of the marvellous images that we have been gathering for our new web site from lovers of Lake Pedder.

Also of great value in terms of public understanding are the before and after maps, skilfully created by The Mercury’s graphic artists, that demonstrate how a reconfiguration of the Middle Gordon power scheme would allow Lake Pedder to be restored while the power scheme continued to operate.

Please take time to read this highly informative and superbly presented article.