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Wednesday, 24 November 1971
Page: 3539

Mr FOX (HENTY, VICTORIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia respectfully showeth:

That Lake Pedder, situated in the Lake Pedder National Park in South-West Tasmania, is threatened with inundation as part of the Gordon River hydro-electric power scheme.

That an alternative scheme exists, which, if implemented would avoid inundation of this lake.

That Lake Pedder and the surrounding wilderness area is of such beauty, and scientific interest as to be of a value beyond monetary consideration.

And that some unique species of flora and fauna will be in danger of extinction if this area is inundated.

Your Petitioners therefor; humbly pray thai the Federal Government lake immediate steps lo act on behalf of all Australian people lo preserve Lake Pedder in its natural stats. All present and particularly future Australians will benefit by being able to escape from their usual environment lo rebuild their physical and mental strength in this unspoilt wilderness area.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.

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