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Lake Pedder's Loss and Failed Restoration: Ecological Politics Meets Liberal Democracy in Tasmania


Crowley, CM, Lake Pedder's Loss and Failed Restoration: Ecological Politics Meets Liberal Democracy in Tasmania, Australian Journal of Political Science, 34, (3) pp. 409-424. ISSN 1036-1146 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10361149950317


The flooding of Lake Pedder in South West Tasmania for hydro-electricity in the early 1970s is recognised as one of the world's great ecological tragedies. The hope for its restoration, long held by some, has been given impetus by the activities of Pedder 2000, a nation-wide restoration lobby group founded in 1994. The legitimacy, feasibility and desirability of Pedder's restoration has been acknowledged, if not endorsed, by a recent federal inquiry. Restoration proponents see Pedder's recovery not only as a means of making amends for past follies, but as a new millennium project that offers hope to future generations. This paper reviews Pedder's inundation and the efforts towards its recovery, and finds little support for restoration in the absence of compelling economic and political benefit. This is cause to reflect, it is argued, upon the difficulties that ecological politics has encountered within Tasmania that saw Lake Pedder dammed in the first place.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Crowley, CM (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:17015
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-06

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