As we hit day 31 since a team of five of us trekked into the Frankland River proposed logging coupes in the Tarkine, I wanted to reflect on the incredible effort that has been put in by over 60 volunteers, the generosity of those who have sent supplies and awesome baked goods, and the creation of the 'Frankland River Film Society'.
What an incredible team we have assembled. Lisa, Jess, Claire and Zeb occupying the treesit, and a ever changing team of volunteers on the ground supporting the tree sitters, conducting on ground surveys, and capturing images of these outstanding forests. I've met some people with amazing stories to tell, and have been inspired by the diversity of the people who are prepared to defend the Tarkine.
Mostly my task has been logistics. Without phone signal on the ground, and usually only texting capability from the treesit, getting images onto the internet and campaign HQ means we have to load all of the day's images and video onto a data card and drive 150km back to the Burnie office and upload. While there we also take the opportunity to re-supply. The shopping list varies, and can be anything from the most mundane items to the most obscure. Some times I'm sure they add an item just to test my resourcefulness (sorry Eric, I never did manage to locate your 'parade of circus performers').
One of the most important tasks on a project like this is keeping up morale. Little things like a block of chocolate or filling an esky with Ginger Beer and icy poles on a hot day can mean a lot. Items sent in by supporters have a special significance, and so when visitors call in with a box of apples or some baked goods the camp goes into a near-Christmas level of excitement. But one of our most successful tools in the morale toolbox has been the 'Frankland River Film Society'.
Kitted out with a projector, a pull up screen and a small very quiet generator, we've occasionally taken a night off surveys, and hosted our own little film nights right here in the Frankland camp. We position the screen so that it can be seen from the tree sit, and just relax and watch a film. We've even had popcorn and lollies! It's great down time, and just another way we can say thank you to our awesome volunteers.
Scott Jordan, Bob Brown Foundation