Newsweek article - "Newswalk with Bob Brown"

Newsweek has a long interview with Bob Brown in its "Newswalk" series by  21 June 2015


 'I made a stand against the repugnant stuff'

The interview is full of great quotes from Bob, with some good photos around Liffey.

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Hike The Tarkine Blog

Have a look at this interesting blog about a hike in the Tarkine by Grant Ferguson - with lots of photos of the Tarkine forest.

screenshot.jpg Photo: Grant Ferguson

This is a trip report for a 4 day/3 night hike into the Tarkine rainforest. When we were planning this trip, it proved really difficult to find information about the various trails out there, so we’ve decided to publish our experience.

Read the full story here.


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Mine your food bowl?

"This Cloudcatcher film captures the plight of farming families on the Liverpool Plains being bulldozed by the might of Beijing's Shenhua coal corporation. It comes down to growing good food in a planet facing food shortages versus massive coal pits to line the pockets of men who will never go near, see or care two hoots about the Liverpool Plains or their farmers.

In the national interest the state and federal governments must intervene and protect the farmers. But will they? That's up to us - you and me, as well as the farmers. Do what you can to help and do it now."

Bob Brown



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Tasmanian environmental activists protest Tarkine logging

Article by BLAIR RICHARDS in The Mercury June 23, 2015


ENVIRONMENTALISTS say the State Government is damaging Tasmania’s tourism reputation by allowing logging in the Tarkine.

But the Liberals have labelled the protest a ploy to gain support for a Greens Senate preselection candidate.

A small group of protesters from Save the Tarkine and the Bob Brown Foundation gathered outside the Executive Building in Hobart this morning to highlight what they said was “subsidised logging”.

Save the Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan said Forestry Tasmania was logging in old-growth forests and rainforests in the region.

“The equivalent of 40 AFL football grounds is being lost right now in the Tarkine,” Mr Jordan said.

Alleging widespread logging was occurring in the Tarkine, Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber said the logging activity flew in the face of the Government’s desire to increase tourism to the region.

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Karen Alexander, OAM

Karen Alexander

After some remarkable adventures in the Southwest Tasmanian wilderness in the 1970s, Karen Alexander volunteered to organise the Melbourne office of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society after its formation in 1976.

Karen Alexander deep in her beloved southwest Tasmanian wilderness

From upstairs rooms in Hardware Street, Karen gathered and united a large contingent of fellow volunteers as the campaign to save Tasmania's Franklin and Gordon rivers from a series of dams grew out of Tasmania into a nationwide environmental furore.

Melbourne became pivotal to saving Tasmania's wild rivers. Karen was the all-important co-ordinator of that campaign which culminated in rallies of up to fifteen thousand people in downtown Melbourne, including on the eve of the 1983 federal election.

Karen emceed the final rally, welcoming Opposition Leader Bob Hawke to the podium where he declared that, if elected, he would stop the Gordon-below-Franklin dam then being built in the Tasmanian wilderness. Famously, Hawke's wife Hazel put on 'No Dams' earrings while standing next to him. A fortnight later Hawke swept to victory and made good his promise.

Years of remarkable commitment by Karen and her team culminated in these crucial river-saving events in Melbourne. Without that campaign, the wild rivers of Tasmania would have been destroyed. Karen's award of an Order of Australia is as belated as it is so richly deserved.

Karen Alexander celebrates the 'Walk for Wilderness'
Franklin campaign with Bob Brown and Margaret Robertson, 1982

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What we have been saying for years

An article by JOHN LAWRENCE in The Mercury June 16, 2015

The Mercury
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UNESCO warns Tasmania over logging/mining World Heritage Area


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UNESCO condemns government plans for World Heritage Area



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Tasmania's Wilderness Trove

Article by Bob Brown in Cygnet Classifieds, March 2015.

Federation Peak with snow.
Federation Peak with snow. Photo: Bob Brown

Wilderness is the wild Earth. It is a large tract of natural country, essentially unmarked by modern impacts such as roads, fences, power lines, buildings, dams and mines. It is where we all began.

Our ancestors flourished in wildness. That's why our ears are curled - to pick up the faintest sound from the forest floor. It is why we give flowers to express our love and devotion, rather than chainsaws. It is why parents like their children to be watching Attenborough rather than Abetz. Wilderness is an avenue to understanding ourselves.

It is also why, on a finite planet now grazed by 7.4 billion people, the biggest herd of mammals in Earth's history, the richest people are willing to pay big money to helicopter into wild, remote places exclusive from ordinary people.

Yet helicopter landing sites, robust 'huts' (with heating, hot showers, fine meals and wines, drying rooms and comfortable beds), and motorised craft degrade the wildness and therefore the wilderness. Knowing this, the Hodgman government plans to remove all reference to wilderness, and particularly to wilderness protection, from the time-honoured Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage (TWWHA) Management Plan.

The state is offering private profiteers their option to grab plum scenic and remote sites and turn them into exclusive enclaves at peppercorn rents at the expense of wilderness and the Tasmanian public which owns the TWWHA.

Yet a 2011 government survey of mainlanders thinking about holidays showed that the single most attractive feature of Tasmania is its wilderness. This is also borne out by the fact that while jobs in logging and mining continue to fall, jobs in tourism are soaring and, last year, more than a million visitors came here primarily to enjoy Tasmania's wild and scenic beauty.

We can have the best of both worlds. The TWWHA wilderness should be protected and visitor access, such as tracks and camping sites, maintained by the government for all-comers, including commercially-guided trips.

Private boutique and top-shelf resorts should depend on the free market. There are stunningly-good wild country options available. For example, in my old home valley at Liffey with its towering crags, pristine river and platypuses, forests and waterfalls. Or the wild west coast of King Island. Private and remote blocks of land also routinely come up for sale on the snowy Central Plateau, adjacent to the tall forests and scenic coastlines of southern Tasmania and even in the Tarkine.

Premier Hodgman should have intervened when Minister Harriss purloined the $7 million federal money earmarked for managing the extended TWWHA. Harris diverted this public fund to the loggers. It should have instead gone to opening up the Styx River's Valley of the Giants, with a visitor centre like those at Cradle Valley and Mt Field and wheelchair-friendly trails through the giant trees.

Like Westminster Abbey for England, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is our island's globally-famous attraction. Both places deserve government protection and treating with the respect their beauty, spiritual values and ancient history deserve. Let the commercial profiteers exploit the excellent tourism options elsewhere.

Bob Brown

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Defend Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage video

Bob Brown Foundation has released a new video "Defend Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage"...

The future is in OUR hands.

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