When Tasmania’s iconic Lake Pedder was flooded in 1972 to create a reservoir in the service of hydroelectric power, a unique wilderness was drowned, and now lies 15 metres beneath the surface, dormant but apparently intact. What would it take to reverse the course of history, drain the impoundment, and restore the flooded lake to its original glory? Is such a goal even ecologically possible? Meander through Tasmania’s Southwest National Park while contemplating the effort to undo our past actions and rewild our world.
Suggested Walking Locations
Creepy Crawly Nature Trail– Take a walk through a lovely section of cool temperate rainforest. The fully-boarded track gently weaves its way around moss-covered trees and over giant logs. The track is not recommended for people who cannot climb a lot of stairs or who are unable to bend down and duck under branches. Grade 2: Suitable for most ages. The track has a hardened or compacted surface that may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Click here for more information on the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail.
Teds Beach Camp Ground– This campground makes a great base for exploring the variety of nearby lakes and enjoying short or longer walks. In the evening your nocturnal hosts may even pay you a visit – look out for possums, pademelons and maybe even a Tasmanian devil. Click here for more information on Teds Beach Camp Ground.
Photo credit: Graham Wootton
Meet the presenters
The former leader of the Australian Greens Party and member of the Lake Pedder Restoration Management Committee. Bob became actively involved in the 1970’s campaign to save the Lake Pedder National Park from inundation after flying across the Southwest Wilderness. Since the original Lake Pedder was flooded Bob has advocated fiercely for restoration of Lake Pedder.
Restoration ecologist, Todd Dudley, joined Christine as fellow co-convenor of the Restore Pedder campaign. Todd is also President of the North East Bioregional Network based on the East Coast of Tasmania. He has been involved in bush regeneration and ecological restoration for 35 years.
Meet the musicians
Julius Schwing is a guitarist and composer from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Since the age of thirteen he has performed in theatres, clubs and festivals in Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, Canada and the USA with artists such as Scott Tinkler, Paul Capsis, Bae Il Dong, Aakash Mittal, Scott McConnachie, Christian Windfeld and many more. He composes music for his own ensembles as well as for theatre, sound installations, short film and has released six albums, five of which are on his own creative music label Isthmus Music.
Feature image credit: Stu Gibson