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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2679

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

That Lake Pedder, situated within the South West National Park in the state of Tasmania is threatened with inundation as part of the Middle Gordon Hydro Electric Power Scheme.

That upon the eastern shore of Lake Pedder there is a beach which during the summer months, forms a suitable and safe airfield for the operation of light aircraft.

That the beach of Lake Pedder forms the only airfield for the operation of aircraft for normal and emergency purposes within the vast South West National Park.

That Lake Pedder, which presents as an area of spectacular beauty and immense biological interest has attracted large numbers of visitors, many of whom have been dependent upon light aircraft for transport purposes.

That alternatives exist whereby with further works, modifications can be effected to the proposed scheme which will allow preservation of Lake Pedder.

That to facilitate these added works, Commonwealth funds in the form of a special purpose grant will be required.

That we, the undersigned, request that the House of Representatives will consider the impending loss which faces the South West National Park and that the House of Representatives will take action to expedite financial assistance so as to allow preservation of Lake Pedder as a heritage for present and future Australians.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Enderby.

Petition received.

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