Turnbull signs Tasmanian forests’ death warrant

Bob Brown says Prime Minister Turnbull has today signed the death warrant on thousands of hectares of wild forests in Tasmania, including vital habitat trees for the critically endangered Swift Parrot.

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Death sentence for Swift Parrots signed by Turnbull & Hodgman

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“Tasmania’s unique forests and wildlife have suffered tremendously since the 1997 Regional Forest Agreement and now the Federal and State governments have committed to further destruction of forests, wildlife and the climate with a flawed agreement process that has been exhaustively proven to be deficient,” Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber said.

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Federal and State Governments admit that world's largest freshwater lobster is in trouble

Bob Brown Foundation urges secure conservation reserves

Bob Brown Foundation calls on the Federal and State governments to take real actions to declare secure conservation reserves in Tasmania’s north, in all habitat for the world’s largest freshwater lobster, following the signing of the Recovery Plan for the Giant Freshwater Lobster (Astacopsis gouldi).

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Hodgman government in charge of an economy it does not understand.

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Tasmanian Resources Minister Guy Barnett's pitch to the mining industry today is a thinly-veiled attack on the burgeoning tourism and hospitality industries, Bob Brown Foundation spokesperson Jenny Weber said.

'Mr Barnett's description of mining and logging as Tasmania's 'productive industries' shows his disdain for the much more job-rich tourism industry based solidly on Tasmania's wild and scenic assets.'

'The Hodgman government is in charge of an economy it does not understand', Jenny Weber said. 'And his repeated descriptions of environmentalists as 'extremists' is insulting to the majority of Tasmanians who back the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area global fame and who want the Tarkine wilderness protected for both its heritage values and its huge potential as a tourism job-generator for northwest Tasmania.'

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Media Release - Australia must act to prevent Japan’s illegal whale slaughter - Brown

Media Release 21 July 2017

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The Bob Brown Foundation is calling for government action to match the looming Japanese naval presence with its whaling fleet in the International Whale Sanctuary in Antarctic waters this coming summer.

To quote senior Liberal Greg Hunt in Opposition in 2013: "The (Labor) government should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean". 77% of Australians back our government sending a ship to oppose the whaling by Japan.

“Environment Minister Frydenberg's criticism of Japan comes with no plan of action. He says the government is 'tireless' in its opposition but in fact it is tiresome, predictable, feeble and ineffective,” Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

“Australia should send naval vessels to our Antarctic waters to make a show against the illegal slaughter of our whales. These are the same whales giving birth in Australian waters right now. The minister has made no mention of going back to the International Court of Justice which ruled against Japan's whale butchery in 2014.”

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Urgent plight of Tasmania’s Tarkine to be captured by 120 artists

Media Release 7th April 2017

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120 artists will join one of Australia’s biggest environmental arts projects next week, as they travel to Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness with the Bob Brown Foundation.

Tasmania is home to takayna / Tarkine, a vast remote region of wild forests, including Australia’s largest tract of temperate rainforest and a National Heritage listed Aboriginal cultural landscape coastline. The Tarkine is an essential stronghold for numerous rare and endangered creatures.

The Bob Brown Foundation is leading a campaign for secure protection of 450 000 hectares of the Tarkine in a National Park, World Heritage listing and a return to Aboriginal ownership.

‘This is one of the last great wild places left on Earth and protection is urgently needed to stop the loss of its globally unique values,’ Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

‘Logging and mining in takayna / Tarkine and off-road vehicle access to its sensitive coastline continues to damage globally unique natural and cultural values. This Easter, our Tarkine in Motion project will send 120 artists into the Tarkine to capture the beauty of this threatened place.  Despite consistent calls for protection and support for alternative industries like tourism in the region, logging, mining and off-road vehicle access over Aboriginal heritage sites is sanctioned by the Tasmanian and Australian governments,’ Jenny Weber said.

120 artists, supported by a team of 30 volunteers, will spend 72 hours exploring this remote part of north-west Tasmania, creating works aimed at gaining protection for the Tarkine.

‘Our environmental arts project is growing into one of the largest events of its kind in Australia. The innovative approach to hosting artists in remote camps at seven locations across this vast region is a unique way to promote conservation of the Tarkine,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘In its third year, Tarkine in Motion has hosted more than 150 artists to the Tarkine, bringing enormous success to the campaign to protect this wild place. Using images from Tarkine in Motion, the Foundation has published two books. Tarkine Trails, a bushwalking guide and takayna – a beautiful book about the living Aboriginal cultural connection to the Tarkine. The event has also spawned a feature-length documentary, concerts and exhibitions in Hobart and regional Tasmania.  Further afield, exhibitions have been held in Melbourne, Bendigo, Sydney and Brisbane.

‘This year, our Foundation and the contributing artists will achieve a new body of work and campaign materials for our burgeoning campaign for protection, including paintings, film, textiles, sculpture, photographs and more,’ Jenny Weber said.

Over the Easter weekend, a diverse group of international, interstate and Tasmanian artists will spread out across Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine. Artists will be located from Arthur River in the north to Pieman Heads and Interview river on the remote southern coastline. Other locations are deep in the threatened rainforests and at the tourism hubs of Corinna and Tarkine Wilderness Lodge.

The Bob Brown Foundation is currently fundraising for the project on crowd-funding platform Pozible. The Foundation sponsors artists’ travel to the Tarkine and provides volunteer organizing teams and communal meals for the artists while they are in the Tarkine.

The link to the Pozible project is https://pozible.com/project/tarkine-in-motion-1

Attached photographs from Tarkine in Motion 2016. Full resolution images linked from thumbnails below.

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Hodgman should clear air on mega mill proposal

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Premier Will Hodgman should clear the air on the Victorian timber mill owners' proposal to relocate a former Gunns mill to Burnie, Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

"Reports that Victoria's Andrews government has had its proposal to buy the Heyfield mill turned down and that the owners plan to relocate to Burnie instead more than hint at Tasmanian government involvement. Mr Hodgman should tell Tasmanians what is afoot and how much taxpayers' money is involved," Brown said.

"Reports indicate a plantation-based plant for Burnie but this comes at a time when the Hodgman government is legislating to open 365,000 hectares of previously protected Tasmanian native forest to logging against the wishes of both environmentalists and the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania. Victoria has a larger area of plantations than Tasmania. Premier Hodgman should make it clear that not one stick of native forest will be going to the proposed Burnie mill," Bob Brown said.

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Hodgman government will push Swift Parrot closer to extinction with new logging legislation

Media Alert 16 March 2017

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The Bob Brown Foundation

Tasmanian Conservation Trust

Birdlife Tasmania


Today, the Tasmanian government plans to debate new logging legislation, legislation that will allow logging in 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forests across Tasmania.

Conservationists will hold a press conference at 1pm today to highlight the threat to the critically endangered Swift Parrot if this legislation passes through Tasmania’s Parliament.

Press Conference with Peter McGlone, Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Dr Eric Woehler, Birdlife Tasmania and Jenny Weber, The Bob Brown Foundation.

Today (16 March 2017) at 1pm.
Hobart Parliament Lawns.


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Tas Wilds Spur Sydney Oboe Concerto

Media Release 10 Feb 2017

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dailytelegraph.com.au

Sydney composer Nigel Westlake, perhaps best known for having written the score for the smash-hit film 'Babe', has composed an oboe concerto after visiting Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Westlake's concerto is to be premiered by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra this month. (see link to story below)

Bob Brown, who took Westlake on a flight and cruise on Bathurst Harbour (with Par Avion Wilderness Flights) last year, says Westlake's work fulfils a prophecy of iconic Tasmanian photographer Olegas Truchanas. In the early 1970s, opposing the impending flooding of Lake Pedder, Truchanas forecast these wilds could spur creativity like that of the Scandinavian composers Grieg and Sibelius.

"With partner Paul, I will be off the wild west coast of Tasmania on a yacht trip from Strahan to Stanley when this premiere takes place. It is simply wonderful that, not for the first time, Tasmania's wilderness is stimulating great creativity for people to enjoy in the crowded cities of the world," Brown said.
 
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Steven Chaffer 0408 855 261

See the dailytelegraph.com.au story here.




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BBF welcomes Frydenberg Macquarie Island base decision

Media Release 16 September 2016

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Bob Brown Foundation (BBF) has welcomed Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s announcement to put closure of Macquarie Island Antarctic base on hold.

“This was shaping up as a huge matter of contention for the scientific community and wider Tasmanian and Australian public,” Bob Brown said today.

“It’s a good thing the Minister has acted so swiftly, and this situation seems to indicate a deep seated problem in the bureaucracy which should be promoting not downgrading Australia’s Antarctic research program,” Bob Brown said.

“We look forward to Minister Frydenberg announcing a new high-tech base with a smaller footprint on the World Heritage island and continued success with scientific and meteorological research,” Bob Brown said.

Our Public Meeting next Wednesday has been cancelled.


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