Beaker Street: Sci-Art-Walk Podcast Now LIVE!
Listen Here – https://www.sciartwalks.com.au/lake-pedder
Headlining the Beaker Street Festival 2020 is a project called SCI ART WALKS. It’s a series of audio artworks featuring talks by some of Tasmania’s most fascinating and accomplished scientists and artists, with original music composed and performed by a jaw-dropping lineup of Tassie musicians. Each Sci Art Walks episode is paired with a suggested iconic walk in Tasmania. You switch off your screen, switch on the audio, learn something new, be transported somewhere beautiful – in reality, or just in your mind.
Lake Pedder is the subject of episode ‘Rewilding Tasmania; the ecological challenge of restoring Lake Pedder’, featuring restore Pedder co-convenors Christine Milne and Todd Dudley along with Bob Brown and Tabatha Badger. Click here to find out more and view all the Sci Art Walks.
LPRI General Meeting Sunday 6th December, 3-4pm
Zoom Webinar, Register your attendance here.
Reclaim Our Reserves Rally! Thursday 10th December, 6pm.
Hobart City Hall – Register Here
Tasmania’s public lands, reserves and National Parks are being privatized for commercial development. Join the rally to reclaim the places integral not only to Tasmania’s brand identity but the ecological well being of our planet. Lake Pedder, once a National Park, became one of the first public lands to be sacrificed for questionable industrial development. Come and reclaim our reserves, including restoring Pedder!
Hobart Town Hall Christmas Celebration and Guest Speakers Thursday 26th November, 5.30-7pm
Hobarts Town Hall has played host to the most significant moments of the Lake Pedder journey, from audiences spilling into the halls night after night to watch the great Olegas Truchanas’s slideshows, the courageous founding of the world’s first green political party, the United Tasmania Group. On November 26th the Restore Pedder campaign again filled (to COVID capacity) the hall in recognition of the growing calls to restore the national icon. After an emotive welcome to country from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Sinsa Mansell, the honorable Lord Mayor Anna Reyonlds opened proceedings with the history of the halls significance and the visions of the Hobart City Council to rewild local degraded environs, aligning with the vision of restoring Pedder. Christine Milne AO and Lake Pedder Restoration Incorporation Convenor spoke on the ecological and political implications and benefits of the projects, as well as the potential for social wellbeing, job creation and regenerative tourism opportunities. The Lake Pedder feature on from channel 10’s The Project was shared as beverages were refilled before campaigner Tabatha Badger spoke for the next generation, those who have never seen the original Lake Pedder but are calling for its restoration in a bid to reverse the global trend of destruction amid climate and biodiversity crisis. Concluding Bob Brown called on us all to get active in the inspiring campaign “….Trump is out and the UNs Decade of Ecosystem Restoration is in!”
The evening helped raise $3k for the campaign and build new relationships as we step into phase 2 of the campaign to restore Pedder.
An enormous THANKYOU for supporting and largely contributing to the success of the event is extended to the sponsors: Glaetzer-Dixon, Stefano Lubiana, Nandroya, MONA Moorilla Estate and Frogmore Creek
The Findings: Ecological Restoration Study Results and Discussion – October 27th, 2020
Dr Anita Wild joined Christine Milne, Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick and Todd Dudley, sharing and discussing Dr Wild’s Ecological Restoration Study results for Lake Pedder.
“I commend the thoroughness of the investigation of the strong potential to restore Lake Pedder as a globally outstanding functioning native ecosystem. Lake Pedder before being drowned was recognised as a globally exceptional landform. Its restoration as a functioning system would add significant natural value to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.” Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick of University of Tasmania.
The ecological benefits study of the restoration of Lake Pedder in Tasmania’s South-West Wilderness were released in a webinar showing that the restoration of the Lake and surrounding areas is not only possible but would be a huge boost for the state.
Restoring Lake Pedder will enhance the ecological values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area including increased Platypus habitat in the Serpentine Valley as well as for threatened flora species; the Pedder Bristlewort, Shortleaf Milligania and Dune Buttercup.
The iconic beach and dune system remains intact. The study also reveals following dewatering, the hydrology of Lake Pedder will likely be similar to what it was prior to the creation of the reservoir; the water runoff processes and rates will initially differ until vegetation cover establishes.
“This is fantastic news for all Tasmanians showing the potential of putting Tasmania at the forefront of restoring the wild at the beginning of the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.” Christine Milne AO, Convenor of the Restoration Committee.
In late September the North East Bioregional Network held a webinar gathering 9 speakers from Australia and abroad to share and celebrate ecosystem restoration in the lead up to 2021-2030, the United Nations declared Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.
Restore Pedder’s Restoration Ecologist, Dr. Anita Wild, also previewed her restoration scoping study for Lake Pedder.
Remembering Brenda Head: Virtual Film Night – September 8th, 2020
On the 8th September 1972 Brenda Hean and Max Price took off from Hobart Airport in a Tiger Moth aircraft bound for Canberra to skywrite “Save Lake Pedder” over the nation’s capital. They never made it and the case remains an unsolved mystery.
48 years later, 8th of September 2020, more than one hundred people came together from across the country to remember the formidable Lake Pedder campaigner Brenda Hean. It was a beautiful evening that helped raise over $2000 for the current restoration campaign. Along with a virtual screening of the film ‘Whatever Happened to Brenda Hean?’, never before seen footage captured by celebrated videographer Charles Pierre Donnelly ACS (Peter), emerged. It was the last documentation of Brenda and Max as the Tiger Moth departed Hobart’s Cambridge airport on that fateful day in 1972.
Lake Pedder Restoration Committee extends its appreciation to Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Rob Purves AM who invested in the documentary “Whatever Happened to Brenda Hean” and to Scott Millwood, Michael McMahon and the Hean family for their support of this event.
Olegas Truchanas Film Night – 20th May 2020
315 people joined us in a very special virtual screening of Olegas Truchanas original Lake Pedder slideshow. Originally the slideshow was presented in the 60’s with the intent to raise awareness of the largely unknown ‘empty quarter’ (Tasmania’s South-West Wilderness), rallying public support to save Lake Pedder. Olegas, with the assistance of Ralph Hope-Johnstone, set the slides to Fredrick Delius’s tune ‘Brigg Fair’ and presented it to packed town hall’s across the state. Our 2020 virtual screening was as emotive and inspiring as those in the 60’s. Bob Brown and Christine Milne presented the evening, which included reflections on the ‘Save Pedder’ campaign’s inception from Dr Bob Walker and Karen Alexander, two key campaigners from then to the present. Another enormous thank you must be given to Melva Truchanas and her family for so generously allowing the screening, and their enduring support of the campaign. The night’s donations totaled over $7000! Funds raised will be used to support the rapidly growing campaign as we prepare to enter the UN’s decade of ecological restoration.
2020 Paddle for Pedder Video Launch – 22nd April 2020 (Earth Day)
For the 50th celebration of Earth Day, the Restore Pedder community came together, virtually, to launch the 2020 Paddle for Pedder clip and recent footage taken of the original beach, still in tact, 15m below the impoundment surface. Following this a short Q&A session was held with Christine Milne and expedition leaders Andy Szollosi and Gordon Henry along with film makers Rob Blakers and Lykke Olsen.
2020 Paddle for Pedder – March 1st 2020
Paddling for the Restoration of Lake Pedder; eleven kayakers embarked on a 25km return trip to the site of the original lake, where they raisied a banner over the submerged beach, calling for restoration of Lake Pedder and the surrounding environs. A slightly larger group of Paddlers undertook a shorter 8km trip around Scotts Peak.
Meanwhile, at the Pedder Wilderness Lodge, 20+ restoration supporters gathered for a ‘Walk and Talk’ with Restore Pedder co-convenors Christine Milne and Todd Dudley, who were joined in discussion by visiting US eco health academic James Arson and restoration ecologist Dr Anita Wild.
ROV Submersible mission to original Lake Pedder – 20th Feb 2020
In February a team visited the Pedder impoundment, sending a Remote Operated Vehicle submersible 14 meters into the dark waters below, to the site of the original Lake Pedder.
Pieces of quartzite, which defined the geologically iconic beach, are still visible through a thin layer of sediment, while the root system of the scrub along the eastern shore has, remarkably, held the dune system in place to survive inundation nearly 50 years ago.
‘Lake Pedder – journey to restoration’ Exhibition & Auction – Sidespace Gallery 29 Oct – 4 Nov 2019
Over the course of the week more than 400 people visited the exhibition, as well as the many more who attended the numerous associated panels and auction with helped raise $20,000k for the campaign. The Sidespace Galleries walls were adorned with emotive, mystical images, photos, paintings and media clippings of lost heart of Tasmania’s South-West Wilderness, Lake Pedder.Pieces came from an impressive range of famed Tasmanian artists: Olegas Truchanas, Patricia Giles, Margaret Forsyth, Max Angus, Elspeth Vaughan, Ralph Hope-Johnstone with Diane Masters, Philip England, Andy Szollosi, David R. Blühdorn, Steven Crump and Dan Broun.
The exhibition was a momentous event for the campaign, demonstrating the rapid growth of community support behind restoring Lake Pedder.
Pedder Pub Talk: Why Pedder, Why Now – Ferntree Tavern 26 September 2019
A bustling and inquisitive crowd at the Fern Tree tavern shared in learning the practicalities of restoring Pedder, the campaign history and that of the Hydro. With insights and knowledge from a formidable panel; Bob Brown, Christine Milne, Chris Harries and Dr Anita Wild. The night MC’d by Leanne Minshull. Re-watch the discussion here.
Chuffed Fundraiser – $20,000 raised during September 2019
WildMinds ‘Saving the Earth:Next Steps’ – WildIsland, 21 August 2019
Restore Pedder Project officer Jessica Robbins join Millie Rooney at Wild Island speaking on progressive collaboration to help shape a sustainable thriving future on earth – watch their inspiring discussion here.
Paddle for Pedder – 22nd April 2019 (Earth Day!)
Inclement South West weather tested a dozen kayakers on the inaugural Paddle for Pedder. Paddling 25km return to the location of the submerged Lake Pedder and its iconic beach the intrepid crew lifted the ‘Restore Pedder’ banner over the sacred site as the campaign and community support to the restoration of Pedder, and her surrounding environs, grows amid climate and biodiversity crisis’s.
Pozible Crowd Funder – $30,000 Raised during March 2019
From the Film Night through to mid March the committee ran a highly successful crowdfunder, raising funds (and growing support) enabling the restoration committee to commence engaging with experts (scientific, legal, hydrologists and engineers) in the first steps of compiling the restoration management plan.
Restore Pedder Film Night – State Cinema, 27 February 2019
A sold out crowd celebrated the launch of the ‘Restore Pedder’ campaign. Thanks to the support from Patagonia the crowd enjoyed a special screening of ‘Dam Nation‘ followed by Q&A with campaign co-convenors Christine Milne and Todd Dudley, secretary Bob Brown and restoration ecologist Dr Anita Wild.