No Dams In SW Tasmania World Heritage Triangle Sticker. The movement that eventually led to prevent pdf from being saved project’s cancellation became one of the most significant environmental campaigns in Australian history.
Over the five years between the announcement of the dam proposal in 1978 and the axing of the plans in 1983, there was vigorous debate between the pro- and anti-dam lobbies, with large protests from both sides. In December 1982, the dam site was occupied by protesters, leading to widespread arrests and greater publicity. The idea polarised the Tasmanian community. It gained support from some sections of the community for generating jobs in an area of the state that was struggling economically. It was suggested that the construction of the dam would assist in bringing industry to Tasmania, on top of the jobs that it would create directly. Dam earlier in the 1970s began to reassemble in response to the announcement.
The campaign generated 30,000 letters of support in a fortnight. Tasmania’s two commercial television stations. In June 1980, an estimated 10,000 people marched through the streets of Hobart, demanding that the government not proceed with construction. This was the largest rally in the history of the state.