Artists back from the wilderness - Tarkine In Motion 2016

Media Statement 29  March 2016


Bob Brown Foundation's environment arts project Tarkine in Motion has been a great success after a diverse group of international, interstate and Tasmanian artists spent 72 hours spread out across Tasmania's Tarkine.

Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber hailed the success, '120 artists were located in vastly different places to create art destined for national broadcast as part of Bob Brown Foundation's campaign to promote and protect the Tarkine.'

Artists were located from Arthur River in the north to Pieman Heads and Interview river on the remote southern coastline, base camps were also located deep in the rainforest at Corinna and in threatened ancient forests in Frankland River and Que River regions, a small group of artists climbed Mt Donaldson and pack-rafted down the Huskisson River.

Artists ranged from photographers, painters, musicians, printmakers, and multi media artists who work in sculpture, film, textiles, and writers.

'We are very moved by the positive response to the Tarkine by all the artists. Sadly there were clearfells, burnt regions and off-road vehicle impacts on intact landscapes that were witnessed, though there was also the vast region of intact natural beauty, endangered species and intact ancient ecosystems that were inspirational muse for the artists.  Now the artists will create work to highlight the unique and diverse landscapes across the Tarkine,' Jenny Weber said.

'Bob Brown Foundation has a Brisbane exhibition planned in July, exhibitions in Melbourne, Hobart, Burnie and many other art projects that will be created for the campaign. Through art we aim to galvanise support to protect 450 000 ha in the Tarkine as a National Park and added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area for its globally significant values,' Jenny Weber said.

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Governments commit to no logging, wilderness protection and strict rules for tourism developments in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area

Media Release 20 March 2016

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Photo: Dan Broun

Bob Brown Foundation congratulates the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for accepting in full the recommendations by the IUCN/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber stated ‘In a time when ‘a multitude of threats and risks calls the future of the still favourable state of conservation of the TWWHA into question, likely to be aggravated by anticipated climate change’ as stated by the IUCN/ICOMOS Reactive monitoring mission report, the Australian and Tasmanian Government can now progress the long delayed cultural heritage assessment of the property and get back to the drawing board on the Tasmanian Draft Management Plan to execute a management plan that securely protects the outstanding universal values of the TWWHA.’

‘We congratulate the Australian and Tasmanian Government for accepting all the recommendations by Reactive Monitoring Mission on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Both Federal and State Governments have committed to ruling out logging and mining, protect wilderness, maintain the wilderness zone, and establish strict criteria for tourism developments with a primary goal of protecting the World Heritage Area’s Outstanding Universal Values,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘With an Australian and State Government who is committed to accepting and enacting all the recommendations by IUCN/ICOMOS, Tasmania can proudly have wilderness protection, logging and mining excluded, current areas with logging tenure status upgraded to National Parks and any future development inside the World Heritage Area assessed against strict criteria with the primary goal of protecting wilderness and outstanding universal cultural and natural values,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘We continue to advocate for future tourism infrastructure development opportunities to be realised outside the TWWHA, in places like Maydena, Liffey, the Huon Valley and Far South on private lands,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Mention of the Tarkine high conservation values is to be noted from this report also. Bob Brown Foundation calls on the Government to rule out ongoing logging and burning in the Tarkine globally significant forests,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Furthermore in light of comments in the reactive mission report, Bob Brown Foundation calls for a ban on logging burns as Forestry Tasmania’s planned burns in logged forests starts this week. It has been twice now that the loggers tried to gain access to World Heritage Areas in Tasmania and have failed. The same internationally embarrassing practices of logging and burning of globally unique forests that we had in the Weld, Picton, Styx and Upper Florentine valleys before they were listed as World Heritage, continues in the Tarkine and elsewhere,’ Jenny Weber said.

The ICOMOS/IUCN reactive mission report pointed to the decades long shameful practice in Tasmania of excessive and wasteful loss of ‘special species timber’ in Tasmania, pointing to the need for conservation rather than ongoing logging. ‘Resource scarcity of the species under consideration is widely acknowledged to be the result of excessive and wasteful past management of special timber species. Therefore, one can reasonably come to the reverse conclusion and consider resource scarcity as underpinning the need for conservation.’

Jenny Weber O427 366 929

Referenced -
International Council on Monuments and Sites - ICOMOS International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN     
Reactive Monitoring Mission to the  Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia 23 - 29 November 2015
Mission Report    
Tilman Jaeger (IUCN) Christophe Sand PhD (ICOMOS)

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More than one hundred artists will visit Tasmania’s Tarkine to aid protection

Media Release 19 March 2016


Tarkine in Motion is an environmental arts project by the Bob Brown Foundation. Over the Easter weekend, in March 2016, more than one hundred Australian artists will visit Tasmania’s Tarkine to explore and capture the place, contributing art, images and film to the Bob Brown Foundation’s campaign. Over four days, artists will immerse themselves in the landscape, supported by volunteers at seven base camps from the remote coastlines, to forests threatened by logging to rafting rivers with drones.

Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said, “This year Tarkine in Motion project is bigger in size and scale of the operation. From windswept coastlines on the coast to the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, we are excited that 120 artists will locate in several diverse locations through the Tarkine. Through the experience and expression of place by the artist, our Foundation can spread to the world the urgent plight of the Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.

“The great body of work that will come from Tarkine in Motion will share with the people of our great cities what stands to be lost forever if we don't act to protect it. Artists are able to convey the Tarkine’s beauty, fragility and threats to a wider audience. Audiences will be exposed to the remarkable place through the remarkable effort of more than 100 artists in action,” Jenny Weber said.

“Fundraising for Tarkine in Motion is underway through the crowd-funding platform Pozible to fund the project. The Bob Brown Foundation is fundraising to support the artists and volunteers on location in the Tarkine. Costs include accommodation, transport, food and equipment for this huge undertaking. With over 1000 meals to prepare, thousands of kilometres to travel and 100 artists to support in the field, this event requires a huge amount of planning, organisation, logistics management,” Jenny Weber said.

Artists will contribute to our Federal Election campaign to promote protection of the Tarkine, short films, exhibitions in Tasmania and around Australia, and new books produced by the Foundation. Artists include photographers, painters, musicians, sculpture and multimedia artists from Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and Qld.

“The Tarkine cannot be taken for granted. The current policies of Liberal and Labor, state and federal, are to turn it into a logging and mining province. More than ninety percent is under mineral exploration licence and logging is proceeding in the eucalypt forests and rainforests of the Tarkine. The heritage coast is under pressure from rapid degradation by off-road vehicles ripping through middens and Aboriginal hut sites,” Bob Brown said.

“In the next decade, this wild landscape will either be ravaged by heavy industry or protected as a place of natural beauty, living culture and inspiration for all people. Our Foundation is making a new bid to turn the Tarkine’s urgent plight into a national and international campaign - for only people power will come to the rescue of the Tarkine,” Bob Brown said.

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The Bob Brown Foundation is a not for profit, non-government, registered environmental organisation, taking action for Earth.

Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine is in the remote northwest corner of the island state. The Australian Heritage Council found the Tarkine in north-west Tasmania of outstanding national heritage significance. This recommendation by the Australian Heritage Council was rejected by then Labor Federal Government. takayna/Tarkine covers 450 000 hectares in the north west of Tasmania. takayna/Tarkine has the world's cleanest air, the largest temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere and a living Aboriginal history reaching back 40,000 years.  Habitat for endangered species, Australia’s largest freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi, Tasmania’s wedge-tailed eagle, Tasmanian Devil to name just a few. Blanketed in serene rainforests, with vast button grass plains and mountains sweeping down to meet the jagged coastline which shreds the wild Southern Ocean, this is an ancient, yet threatened landscape.

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Call for Rangers, Police in Tarkine – Bob Brown

Media Release 3 March 2016


Environmentalist Bob Brown has called on Premier Hodgman to enforce the Federal Court ruling keeping part of the Tarkine coastline free of destructive off-road vehicles.

‘Rangers and police should uphold the Federal Court’s judgement, as with any other court decision. A dozen police were sent to enforce the Lapoinya logging, the same should apply in enforcing protection of the Tarkine rich Aboriginal and natural heritage.’ Bob Brown said.

‘The Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation’s call for more 4WD access is as illogical as its previous backing of failed mining ventures in the Tarkine, but I welcome any moves by them to appeal the Federal Court ruling,’ Brown said.

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Stripping Tasmania of ancient forests and endangered species habitat fails to gain FSC for Forestry Tasmania

Media Release 1 March 2016


The Bob Brown Foundation will continue to call for secure protection for endangered species and native forests in the wake of Forestry Tasmania’s comprehensive failure to gain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

"Forestry Tasmania has failed to gain FSC certification due to their woefully destructive logging practices. These include an ongoing clearfell and burn regime for old growth forests, fundamental failure to assess and monitor rare, threatened and endangered species and inadequate protection of high conservation values. FSC found that Forestry Tasmania regularly fails to even identify rare, threatened and endangered species in logging areas, let alone protect them adequately," Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

"Species like the Swift Parrot, Masked Owl and Wedge-Tailed Eagle, to name only a few, have been pushed to the brink of extinction by decades of government sanctioned clearing of Tasmania's forests. It’s only now, when Forestry Tasmania are trying to gain market acceptance, that this legacy is being acknowledged," Jenny Weber said.

"Forestry Tasmania still has Swift Parrot and Masked Owl habitat in their logging schedules, they still have ancient rainforests in the Tarkine on the chopping block and high conservation values across the state are threatened by the intensified logging they are carrying out at taxpayers' expense," Jenny Weber said.

"An attempt to change logging practices in 'old growth’ forests, mooted by Forestry Tasmania, is nothing more than a fig leaf for the appalling practices Tasmania has endured for decades," Jenny Weber said.

"The future for Tasmania's native forests is to leave them standing, securely protected for their enormous value as carbon stores and tourism drawcards," Jenny Weber said.

The Bob Brown Foundation, together with Markets for Change and Tasmanian Conservation Trust, identified serious shortcomings in all the areas now subject to non-conformances in confidential reports given to SCS global, the FSC auditors, when they visited Tasmania in late 2014.

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Closing 4WD tracks important first step in permanent protection of takayna/Tarkine

Media release 1 March 2016

4WD tracks on takayna/Tarkine coast documented during the past twelve months when a court injunction was in place to prevent access to these cultural significant areas. Photo: Chris Crerar

The Bob Brown Foundation welcomes today's Federal Court decision that 4WD tracks on the takayna/Tarkine coast must remain closed and calls on State and Federal Governments to take real action to protect Aboriginal cultural values from illegal access.

"Today's decision by the Federal Court that 4WD tracks along the takayna/Tarkine coast damage Aboriginal cultural values of the area is a welcome relief for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and indeed all Australians who want to see these cultural treasures protected", the Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

"Preventing off-road vehicles accessing the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, part of the National Heritage listing, will need policing by the State and Federal Governments. Even with an injunction in place there has been illegal use of these tracks and ongoing damage to Aboriginal heritage values."

"The State Government has a responsibility to ensure the closure of these tracks is not ignored by lawless hoons, and must increase resources for National Parks rangers to bolster their tireless efforts to protect the values of the area."

"We thank the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for taking this action with the Environmental Defenders Office in the Federal Court. Today's decision is proof that standing up in the face of adversity and Government sanctioned vandalism of cultural and natural heritage is important."

Our Foundation is campaigning for takayna/Tarkine to be protected as a National Park and World Heritage Area, to be returned to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The Tarkine is one of the world's last great wild places, currently under pressure from logging, mining and off-road vehicle use.

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Tasmanian Government shows disregard for Aboriginal community, globally significant cultural and natural values

Media Release 20 Feb 2016

4WD tracks on takayna/Tarkine coast documented during the past twelve months when a court injunction was in place to prevent access to these cultural significant areas. Photo: Chris Crerar

Bob Brown Foundation calls on the Tasmanian Premier and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Will Hodgman, to reverse the decision to open off-road vehicle tracks on takayna/Tarkine coast.

Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber stated today, ‘It is internationally embarrassing that a Minister of the Government would support damaging off-road vehicle access to one of Australia’s richest examples of Aboriginal cultural heritage such as we saw today by Minister Adam Brooks.’

‘The thousands of years of indigenous history on the takayna/Tarkine coast is more important than a short generational history of people who have driven damaging vehicles across this vast landscape of wild country that has recognisable global significance. Worse still is the fact that despite a High Court injunction that forced closure of the tracks, there has been ongoing users on these tracks, breaking down fences, trashing middens and zero effort by the Tasmanian Government to bolster resources to police and prevent these acts of vandalism,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Aboriginal heritage sites on the takayna/Tarkine coast are under-recognised, inadequately protected and repeatedly disrespected. Their values are degraded by a lack of funding, mismanagement, neglect and wilful abuse such as vehicular damage to middens, vandalism and theft. Rather than encouraging racist attitudes that purport recreational driving across middens sites and environmental desecration is acceptable. The Government has responsibility to improving the public’s knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community’s living cultural connection to takayna/Tarkine, ensuring truthful engagement with Tasmania’s Aboriginal people and recognition and protection of this outstandingly rich cultural landscape,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘We need leaders in Tasmania who make every effort to protect globally significant cultural and heritage values, not poor role models who support racism, Aboriginal heritage desecration and environmental destruction,’ Jenny Weber said.

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TWWHA Damage: Lessons are to be learned

Media Release 11 Feb 2016

‘Premier Will Hodgman reacted far too slowly to the damaging Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area fires and should now have a plan to defend the area from late-summer flare-ups,’ environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

‘In any other state where fires caused global headlines, the Premier, who is also in ultimate command, would have been on or near the area in following days. It took Will Hodgman a month to get there,’ Brown said.

Releasing photos including of the destruction of Devils Gullet near Lake McKenzie, Brown said that ‘one of Tasmania’s most dramatic lookouts has been incinerated.’

‘We applaud Tasmania’s fire fighters. However, the government has to learn from this. There have been three major lessons in preparedness.

  1. The immediate threat is not over. Twenty-six fires are still going and the government agency says that ‘much was still required to make the (Lake McKenzie) fire edge safe’.
  2. Preparation for future wildfires needs an immediate response factor.
  3. Climate Change is a serious factor: this needs to be acknowledged and remedied by government action.

Photographs attached taken by Rob Blakers on 9 Feb 2016

Devils Gullet near Lake McKenzie. Photo: Rob Blakers


Photo: Rob Blakers


Photo: Rob Blakers


Photo: Rob Blakers

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Brown offers Colbeck best safety solution

Media Release 10 Feb 2016


As Senator Colbeck wants everyone to be safe, including the priority residents of Lapoinya, he should prevail on Premier Will Hodgman to have the violent invasion of the Lapoinya Forest by Forestry Tasmania called off, environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

"Richard means well, but has not been in the forest, does not know the people of Lapoinya, has no vision for Tasmania and will not be footing the bill for this unnecessary destruction of the habitat of rare Tasmanian species like the Tassie devil and giant Tasmanian crayfish. But, no doubt, Ta Ann will like their interests being fostered by the senator at Tasmania's expense."

Jenny Weber
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Tasmanian forests are not fuel for furnaces



‘Tasmanian Government Minister Paul Harris has today revealed a nightmare scenario to generate electricity from the destruction of Tasmania’s unique native forests and wildlife habitats by pushing for a forest furnace in the southern forests. Tasmania’s unique forests are not fuel for furnaces. We call on Minister Harris to rule out public funding and subsidies for forest furnaces in Tasmania,’ Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

‘A forest furnace on the banks of Tasmania’s Huon river is a last century proposal, biomass generated by burning native forests is not clean and green, it is dirty and destructive,

Biomass electricity generated by burning native forests in forest furnaces is not renewable energy, it would be dangerous to human health and Australians don’t want it,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘For the public it’s a choice between ending industrialised logging in Tasmania’s native forests and wildlife habitats or forest furnaces for decades to come,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Tasmania’s native forests are globally unique, as intact forests across the planet are vanishing at a rapid rate. Intact forests gather and store carbon. Protecting native forests is a solution to Tasmania’s reduced rainfall and increased climate change impacts not the Tasmanian government proposal for forest furnaces from logged endangered species habitat,’ Jenny Weber said.

‘Minister Harris’ absurd proposal to entrench logging of native forests for forest furnaces across Tasmania would deplete valuable forest carbon stores and have devastating impacts on biodiversity, climate, communities and local economies,’ Jenny Weber said.

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