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Sharples, C (1995) Lake Pedder: Values and Restoration. Volume 27, Centre for Environmental Studies Occasional Paper. In: The Proceedings of a Symposium held on 8th April 1995 at the University of Tasmania, 8 April 1995, Hobart.

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Abstract

The original Lake Pedder was a
glacial lake of surpassing beauty and outstanding
natural value, set in the geographical heart of what
was, in the latter half of the twentieth century, one
of only three substantial temperate wilderness areas
remaining in the southern hemisphere (Neilson
1975). The full breadth and depth of Lake Pedder's
nature conservation values have seldom been fully
recognised, and one aim of this volume is to
describe some of those values. However, the
aesthetic and inspirational values of the lake and its
surrounding mountainous regions have been
illustrated and lyrically described by many of those
fortunate enough to have visited the original lake
(see for example Angus 1975, Neilson 1975,
Southwell 1983, Brown et al. 1985).
In 1972 Lake Pedder was flooded to create a new
and larger artificial lake as part of the Middle
Gordon hydro-electric power development. This
flooding occurred in the face of a public outcry
which was, for an environmental issue,
unprecedented in Australia's history, and that
heralded the beginning of a new phase in
Australian political history in which the
environment became a pervasive political issue
right up there alongside the economy and other
traditional issues. Although environmental
concerns had been expressed in Australian society
long before this time and earlier political battles
had been fought over environmental issues, few
would disagree with the assertion that it was the
flooding of Lake Pedder, more than any other
single event, that irrevocably brought the
environment into the general public consciousness
in Australia and made it a mainstream political
issue. It is noteworthy that it was an event at the
periphery of the Australian political scene, rather
than in the power centres of Melbourne and
Sydney, which challenged the established order and
wrought this profound change in the Australian
political landscape.

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