Waratah in Tasmania’s north-west is an unassuming and quaint town with a reputation for some of the state’s coldest and wettest days.
- Tasmania’s water authority says the Waratah Dam is unsafe and needs to be decommissioned
- Locals have been fighting the move for years, saying it is central to the town’s tourism future
- They are now considering whether to launch a last-ditch appeal
But it’s a chilly wind of discontent that has gripped the town in recent years.
Waratah was once home to Tasmania’s biggest tin mine, Mount Bischoff, but these days the town relies on the tourist dollar.
On one side of the main street is the beautiful Waratah Falls, while a handful of small businesses and original mining cottages line the other.