A 338-hectare stretch between the Arthur River and Marrawah has been purchased from a private owner by the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania with a donation of $325,000 from well-known Tasmanian philanthropist Graeme Wood, combined with funds from the Indigenous Land Corporation the Bob Brown Foundation, and the Tasmania Land Conservancy according to an ABC new story – with photos.
This land, known as ‘Kings Run’, “is home to Indigenous burial sites, hut depressions and habitats for multiple threatened species, including the Tasmanian Devil and the wedge-tailed eagle.” The land was originally owned by Geoff King who changed his land use practices from a cattle property once he understood the consequences to the natural and cultural environment; read more here
The Advocate newspaper offers photos and information not presented in articles by other news sources.
The Mercury newspaper extends the story and shows photos of the area. Apparently “Under the ownership arrangement, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre rangers will manage Kings Run as an extension of the nearby Preminghana Indigenous Protected Area.” Further information about this protected area can be read here. A booklet describing plans for the Preminghana area can be read here
This small piece of land is situated in the northern Tarkine on the coast between Marrawah and the Arthur River. My plans to travel to this part of Tasmania to discover more about the northern Tarkine are set – my friend and I are allowing two weeks to see the coasts, the forests, the lakes and the rivers. It is not much time for all that territory but it should give us a reasonable understanding of the diversity of the area, and its value. We are now counting the days until we leave.