Media Release 14 September 2016
A Town Hall meeting calling for Macquarie Island Antarctic base to be retained and renewed will be held in Hobart next Wednesday, lunchtime.
The Bob Brown Foundation is hosting the public meeting and will have a range of speakers backing the base and in support of protecting the Macquarie Island World Heritage Area including its large marine protected area.
Speakers from across the political spectrum as well as experienced Macquarie Island expeditioners and scientists are being invited.
“At a time of rapidly rising tourism pressure, illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean and potential for re-introduction of pests threatening some of the world’s largest wildlife colonies, the need for the base is greater not less than before,” Bob Brown said today.
The Macquarie Island base was first established by Sir Douglas Mawson in 1911 as a radio base for attempts to reach the South Pole.
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