Our Great Dividing Range is the heartland of eastern Australia. Its mountainous corridor stretches 3,600 kilometres from the tropical rainforests of Cape York, through the Alps of NSW and the ACT, to the temperate woodlands of the Grampians in western Victoria. The Range encompasses Australia’s tallest mountains, most reliable rainfall and some of our greatest biological diversity. Almost three quarters of Australians live along the inland western slopes, eastern escarpment and adjoining coastal plains.
From the carbon stored in its dense forests, to the indigenous heritage deep in its veins, to the rivers that flow from its rugged slopes and the essential climate refuge it offers our threatened species, the Range is vital to life in Australia.
Many Australians do care. Tens of thousands of Australians are calling for a Great Forests National Park to connect and protect critical habitat in the Central Highlands of Victoria. Thousands have divested their money from the banks funding Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin. And community backlash has seen a temporary ban instituted on coal seam gas mining in Sydney’s water catchments.