Why oppose a dam?
Aboriginal people lived in Kutikina Cave on the Franklin during the last ice age (about 20,000 years ago).
The cave is thought to be the world’s southernmost site of human habitation at that time.
Rare and wild river
When a river is dammed, a reservoir of water is created that drowns much of the river valley. The flow of water downstream is often reduced, impacting on the life of the river and nearby areas.
The Franklin River in Tasmania is one of the few wild rivers remaining in Australia. People objected to the damming of the river because they believed it would destroy a unique natural habitat, which had recently been added to the World Heritage List.
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