14 February is ValenTarkine’s Day, a day when all Australians can share their love for Tasmania's Tarkine - one of our most beautiful and most threatened regions.
The Tarkine is a beautiful wilderness area that is the largest tract of cool temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere. Under the glorious canopies lives over 60 rare, threatened and endangered species and it is one of the last remaining disease free strongholds for the wild Tasmanian devil. Aborigines have a connection to the Tarkine that dates back around 40,000 years
Unfortunately not all people share our love of this vast, magnificent wilderness. Mining company exploration is already cutting through building roads and drilling pads, preparing for their new mines which will source iron, tin, zinc, gold and copper.
On Valentines Day we will be sending a message across Australia and the world, to let the government and mining companies know that this ancient rainforest wilderness and its river veins need to be protected from exploitation.
On ValenTarkine's day meet us at the corner of Bourke & Elizabeth Streets between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.
Come for a speed date and find out more about this region, take a photo with our lovely ‘Tasmanian Devil’ to share with your friends and leave a note on one of our 100 love banners, which will be delivered to Parliament.
What: Speed dating and banner acting
Where: Corner of Bourke & Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne CBD
When: Valentine’s Day, February 14, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Can't make the event? You can still spread the message!
Ask someone you love to be your ValenTarkine.
To do this:
1 - Download and print out our ‘Will You Be My ValenTarkine?’ banner.
2 - Take a photo of you and/or your friends holding it in front of a place that means something special to you.
3 - Upload your photos onto our Facebook Page. Make sure you tag your friends and check out the other photos while you’re there!
It’s that simple.