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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.

Click on the photos below for more information

  • Colour photograph showing a river making its way through a high-walled rocky gorge. Lush green vegetation grows from either side of the gorge.
    Great Ravine, Franklin River
  • Colour photograph showing a waterfall cascading down green moss-covered rocks into a pool in the foreground.
    Waterfall, Franklin River
  • A small parrot with bright yellow feathers on its breast, blue feathers between its eyes and on its wings and a small patch of orange feathers on its underbelly.
    Birds and animals
  • Two wallabies fighting
  • Colour photograph showing a close-up view of seven small fungi, growing from a mossy base.
    Rainforest fungi
  • A man in a raft leans back as he negotiates the rapids in a river.
    Bob Brown rafting


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