South West Tasmania

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South West Tasmania
Mt Anne.jpg
Mount Anne is the tallest mountain in south-west Tasmania, at 1,423 m (4,669 ft) AMSL.
State electorate(s)Lyons, Franklin
Federal division(s)Lyons, Franklin
Localities around South West Tasmania:
Southern Ocean North West Tasmania Central Highlands
Southern Ocean South West Tasmania Southern Tasmania
Southern Ocean Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

South West Tasmania is a region in Tasmania that has evoked curiosity as to its resources over the duration of European presence on the island.

The more recent is the consideration as a potential area of resources for development and its consideration as World Heritage wilderness.

The most notable controversies occurring in the region in the late twentieth century was the flooding of Lake Pedder and the proposed damming of the Franklin River by the Franklin Dam.

Southwest is a locality that covers most of the region. The locality (and therefore the region) is in the local government areas of Derwent Valley (29%), Huon Valley (20%), Central Highlands (7%) and West Coast (44%). Its central point, near the encircled locality of Strathgordon, is about 116 kilometres (72 mi) west of the town of New Norfolk, the administrative centre for the Derwent Valley Council. The 2016 census has a population of 15 for the state suburb of Southwest.[1]

Early surveys[edit]

Most early walks through the region were for discovery, or in the case of Thomas Bather Moore was to establish tracks for access.

In 1927, a walk through the area between Cox Bight and Bathurst Harbour even included the then governor of the state, Sir James O'Grady, and its intention was a search for geological information.[2]

Locality boundaries[edit]

The Southern Ocean forms the western and southern boundaries. The locality encircles Strathgordon, and is adjoined by the localities of Macquarie Heads, Strahan, West Coast, Queenstown, Gormanston, Lake St Clair, Derwent Bridge, Butlers Gorge, Tarraleah, Wayatinah, Florentine, Maydena, Styx, Lonnavale, Geeveston, Raminea, Strathblane, Hastings, Lune River, and Recherche.[3]

Road infrastructure[edit]

The A10 route (Lyell Highway) enters from Derwent Bridge in the north-east and runs generally north-west until it reaches the north-western boundary, where it exits to Queenstown. Route B61 (Gordon River Road) enters from Maydena in the east and runs generally west through Strathgordon to the Gordon Dam, where it ends. Route C607 (Scotts Peak Dam Road) starts at an intersection with B61 and runs south and west to Scotts Peak Dam, where it ends.[4][5]

South West Advisory Committee[edit]

Members were Sir George B Cartland, G. J. Foot and A. G. Ogilvie. Submissions were received on its subject area.[6][7][8] It made a preliminary report in May 1976,[9] and a final report in August 1978.[10]

South West Tasmania Resources Survey[edit]

Following national and international concern over the fate of South West Tasmania, Commonwealth Government funded the survey with the States Grants (Nature Conservation Act) Act of 1974. Further funding was provided from the Environment (Financial Assistance) Act of 1977.[11]

The South West Tasmania Resources Survey produced 25 Discussion Papers, 22 Working Papers and 20 Occasional papers[12] - including the breakup of the region into river catchments:[13]

National inventory[edit]

Ten years after the South West Resources survey the Australia Heritage Commission published an inventory for the South West.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 Census Quick Stats Southwest (Tas.)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  2. ^ "VISIT TO SOUTH WEST TASMANIA". The Daily Telegraph. Launceston, Tas. 6 January 1927. p. 4. Retrieved 10 July 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Google (20 July 2020). "Southwest, Tasmania" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Placenames Tasmania – Southwest". Placenames Tasmania. Select “Search”, enter "39388B", click “Search”, select row, map is displayed, click “Details”. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Tasmanian Road Route Codes" (PDF). Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment. May 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  6. ^ Tasmanian Conservation Trust (1976), Saving Tasmania's south-west : an Australian wilderness heritage, Tasmanian Conservation Trust, retrieved 24 August 2014
  7. ^ Australian Conservation Foundation; Tasmania. South West Advisory Committee (1976), Submission to the South West Advisory Committee on the South West National Park draft management plan, Australian Conservation Foundation, ISBN 978-0-85802-041-2
  8. ^ Tasmania. National Parks and Wildlife Service (1976), Submission to the Special Advisory Committee on south-west Tasmania, National Parks and Wildlife, retrieved 24 August 2014
  9. ^ Cartland, George; Foot, Geoffrey James; Ogilvie, Albert George; Tasmania. Parliament. South West Advisory Committee (1976), South West Advisory Committee preliminary report, May 1976 : to the Minister for National Parks and Wildlife, the Honourable N.L.C. Batt M.H.A., Parliament House, Tasmania, T.J. Hughes, Govt. Printer, retrieved 24 August 2014
  10. ^ South West Advisory Committee report, August 1978 : to the Minister for National Parks and Wildlife, the Honourable A.B.K. Lohrey, M.H.A., Parliament House, Tasmania: presented by Sir George Barrington Cartland, Geoffrey James Foot [and] Albert George Ogilvie. Hobart: Government Printer. ISBN 0-7246-0550-9 : Tasmanian Parliamentary paper ; no.61 of 1978
  11. ^ Waterman, Peter (editor) (1979) South West Tasmania Resources Survey Working Paper No.18 – Mackintosh-Murchison Catchment Sandy Bay, Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service ISBN 0-7246-0261-5 – details of Survey p.1
  12. ^ (1981) Nomination of Western Tasmania Wilderness National Parks by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Inclusion in the World Heritage List, prepared by Tasmanian Government and Australia Heritage Commission November 1981 ISBN 0-642-87820-X
  13. ^ "Major catchments in South West Tasmania" – in Waterman, Peter (editor) (1979) South West Tasmania Resources Survey Working Paper No.18 Mackintosh-Murchison Catchment Sandy Bay, Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service ISBN 0-7246-0261-5 – details of Survey p.201 – Map 7-1
  14. ^ R.G. Lesslie, B.G. Mackey, J. Shulmeister (1988) National wilderness inventory : Stage II, wilderness quality in Tasmania Canberra : Australian Heritage Commission ISBN 0-642-13494-4 "A Report to the Australian Heritage Commission'.

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