Public urged to act to save Tasmania’s World Heritage Area from ruin for private profit

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Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area provides secure habitat for some of the world’s most unique animals and protects one of the last true wilderness regions on Earth, it encompasses a greater range of World Heritage listed natural and cultural values than any other region on Earth. Environmental groups are committed to ensuring the current agenda by Tasmania’s Government to weaken the protections of this unique wild landscape are met with opposition.

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Wilderness degradation should lead to unique label being dropped

Jet skis to churn up Bathurst Harbour.

Lake Judd. Photo: Dan Broun
Lake Judd. Photo: Dan Broun

Elder environmentalist Bob Brown says the Hodgman government has set course for the ruination of the uniquely profiled Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. "This wilderness fame, more than anything, is the factor raising Tasmania's visitor numbers and tourism jobs by 10% per annum."

"Hodgman's absurd notion of jet skis in Bathurst Harbour is compounded by opening the door for the propellors of large ships to destroy the globally-significant sea floor ecosystem at the harbour's entrance as well as logging and mining in the World Heritage forests nearer Hobart."

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Proposal to abandon wilderness protection

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Government threatens brand integrity, outstanding values and Tasmania’s reputation with proposal to abandon wilderness protection.

A leaked version of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Draft Management Plan indicates the Tasmanian Government intends to abandon the concept of ‘wilderness’ amongst a range of changes that water down protections to allow invasive tourism development and logging in the internationally renowned area.

Abandoning wilderness is a reckless and nonsensical move given its importance for the state’s reputation, its centrality to tourism branding and its use as an important conservation management tool.

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Tarkine Treasure Reprieved

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Minister Groom in a 'contradictory mess' - Brown.

Media Release 24 December 2014

Yesterday's Federal Court injunction stopping the Hodgman government's order to reopen destructive off-road vehicle tracks on the Tarkine coast underscores the failure of the Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage to show basic responsibility for the area's internationally-recognised Aboriginal cultural values, Bob Brown said today.

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University Of Tasmania's armchair commentary "counter-productive nonsense" - Bob Brown

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The University of Tasmania's reported condemnation of Sea Shepherd Australia's removal of illegal fishnets from the Southern Ocean is "counter-productive academic hogwash", environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

"With most of the world's wild fisheries collapsing, this carping criticism of the only people taking high-seas action against the Patagonian toothfish poachers will damage the University of Tasmania's remnant international reputation as a centre of environmental wisdom", Brown said.

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Conservation Groups to Show Forestry Flaws to FSC Auditors

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Today a significant field trip to the southern forests will occur when Markets For Change, Tasmanian Conservation Trust and The Bob Brown Foundation accompany the auditors assessing Forestry Tasmania's application for Forest Stewardship Certification to see the reality of forest management.

"All our groups believe that Forestry Tasmania doesn't meet the standard of FSC and they should not get a green tick of approval, gaining advantage in the market place," Peg Putt, CEO of Markets For Change said.

"We assert that Forestry Tasmania's logging practices and planned logging in high conservation value forests do not comply with FSC requirements, and we are taking the assessors to see some examples in the forest," Peg Putt said.

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Tasmanian ENGOs statement: protection of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, national parks and other reserves

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Media Statement from:
- The Wilderness Society
- Tasmanian National Parks Association
- Tasmanian Conservation Trust
- The Bob Brown Foundation
- Environment Tasmania

Tasmania's exceptional natural and cultural heritage is central to the "Tasmanian Brand" that attracts visitors to this island State from around the world.

Tasmania's Environment NGOs have today joined in a unanimous call for a better approach to strengthening the management of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area rather than the weakening of its management that is currently proposed by the Tasmanian Government.

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Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area threatened again

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The Bob Brown Foundation has warned that the Tasmanian Government can not be trusted to manage environmentally sensitive areas, saying that the World Heritage Area is a no go zone for development.

"The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area needs to be protected from tourism development. Private development should be outside the World Heritage Area and National Parks and developments inside National Parks should be public and well funded”, Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

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Bob Brown challenges Federal Environment Minister to protect Tarkine

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Former national Greens leader Bob Brown will be speaking at a parallel event to the World Parks Congress tonight in Sydney.

The event, Protecting the World's Forests: Values, Threats and Opportunities, will be held at the Pullman, Sydney Olympic Park.

Bob Brown will challenge the Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt to protect the 450,000 hectares Tarkine wilderness of Tasmania as a National Park and World Heritage Area. The Tarkine includes Australia's largest temperate rainforest. This forest was protected by Prime Minister John Howard in 2004 but is now threatened by mining and logging.

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Media Statement - Rainforest Protection Begins at Home

WHERE: SHERATON ON THE PARK 161 ELIZABETH STREET SYDNEY

WHEN:  TODAY 12 Nov 2014 12.30-1.30PM

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Rainforest Protest Sydney

As the Australian government hosts the Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney today, the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance and the Bob Brown Foundation, with a community activist group from Papua New Guinea, will host a street demonstration outside the summit to highlight the ongoing loss of rainforests in the region.

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