• Tarkine Campaign Catch-Up for Perth WA 6 rsvps

    Monday, November 29, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    The Local Hotel, Fremantle in Fremantle, Australia

    Due to the WAFA screening on the same night, we have decided to change this event to a more casual, campaign catch-up style event. 

    Join us as we come together in Fremantle, the night before our Venture Minerals AGM action in Perth. 

    We'll be chatting about Tarkine and our campaign to protect our beautiful ancient rainforests in Tasmania, and you'll have the opportunity to meet our campaigners, to hear more about our campaign and find out a bit of information about the action on the following day. 

    We've booked a few tables in the back of the restaurant space at The Local Hotel in Fremantle from 6pm. We'll be wrapping up by 7pm - so you can head over to WAFA's screening at Luna Cinemas, also in Fremantle! 

    All are welcome to this event - but it's a good idea to register so we can keep track of who to expect. 

  • takayna Trail 2022

    Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 05:00 AM through February 27, 2022
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    Registrations are now open for the 2022 takayna Trail 70 km ultramarathon and takayna26

    Camping is available at the event, with tickets for unpowered campsites available at the bottom of this page.

     

     

     

    takayna Trail is a celebration of trail and ultra running with a purpose. 

    As the takayna Trail community, our main goal is to use our love for running to help protect takayna. We run to have takayna protected as a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership.

    The takayna region of north-western Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracks of Gondwanan rainforest in the world and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites in the southern hemisphere. Yet this place, which remains largely as it was when dinosaurs roamed the planet, is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining.

     

     

    This is Australia's first trail running event which directly links our love for recreating in wild and beautiful places with their immediate protection. Our inclusive community of adventure and single track stoke seekers includes not only runners but surfers, rock climbers, hikers, parents, grandparents, gardeners – the list goes on as we welcome participants and volunteers of all ages and stripes to join our takayna celebrations.

    takayna Trail incorporates ancient rainforests, moss-covered single track, centuries-old trees and lands which are rich and powerful in their natural beauty. We navigate this balance of the natural world, traversing through abandoned mining towns reclaimed by nature, forest-covered railway lines and tracks which could now be referred to as creeks. We cross rivers which harvest some of the cleanest water on the west coast of Tasmania and finish our day greeted by a warm welcome at our finish line and base camp in Waratah. 

    The takayna Trail ultramarathon invites runners and their support crews from across the nation, and indeed the globe, to spend time in this wild and ancient landscape. In doing so, they not only spend locally on accommodation, meals, and experiences, but they go home ambassadors for this region with their tales of how takayna moved them and the threats it still faces.

     

    -Majell Backhausen

    takayna Trail Race Lead

     

     

    Feel the freshest air in the world fill your lungs as you tackle our exciting new route. Traverse the giants of a eucalypt forest, the unique grassland plains with spectacular mountain views and through a stretch of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest.  

    Race day is Saturday 26th February 2022. Pre-race dinner and registrations will be held on Friday 25th February at Waratah Men's Shed, takayna, North West Tasmania.

    Entries are limited to 150 competitors, so get in quick to secure a spot. 

    We are, of course, sensitive to the complexities COVID19 holds for both our organisation and runners, so we will be carefully mapping a plan and adhering to all public health recommendations applicable to Tasmania. We remain optimistically cautious in our event planning, and look forward to being reunited with you all in the beautiful takayna.

    Registrations now open

     

     

     

    Not a runner but would love to be involved? 

    As usual, we rely upon our fantastic and committed volunteers to make these events a success – so if you are interested in joining us as a volunteer for this amazing event and being immersed in the Tarkine wilderness, click the button below to email Jo.


     


Past Events


  • takayna BioBlitz 2021

    Friday, November 19, 2021 at 09:00 AM through November 21, 2021
    Waratah Men's Shed in Waratah, Australia

    Join us at takayna BioBlitz 2021, based at Waratah in beautiful northwest Tasmania.

    Cick here for full details of the event, or purchase tickets below.

    Every ticket includes: 

    • Free non-powered camp spot at the Waratah Men’s Shed
    • Full vegan catering for Friday/Saturday/Sunday
    • Access to field surveys during the day
    • Evening presentations by field experts and access to the data room

     

    Optional Extras 

    • Purchase a BioBlitz t-shirt for $50
    • T-shirts will be available via pre-order only 
    • These will be a limited print run and not available to purchase at the event
    • T-shirts can be collected from the base camp during the event

     

    Volunteer 

    We now have a full team of volunteers so applications for volunteering have now closed.  Many thanks to all those who have offered to help.

     

     

    takayna BioBlitz is generously supported by 

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  • An evening with our Marine Team

    Tuesday, November 09, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Bob Brown Foundation Office in Hobart, Australia

    Please join us for an evening with our new Marine Team.

    ** Please note the new date for this event **

    Meet Fish Farm and Marine Campaigner Bec Howarth and Antarctica Campaigner Alistair Allan, share some food, watch two short films and hear all about our upcoming marine campaigns.

  • Big Canopy Campout 2021

    Friday, October 22, 2021 at 09:00 AM through October 24, 2021
    Pieman forests, takayna, Tasmania in Tullah, Australia

     

    The Big Canopy Campout is a global event bringing people into the trees to raise awareness and funds for global forests.

    During the event, we will be camping in and amongst the trees, occupying the canopies of these incredible, threatened forests in conjunction with people around the globe. We will be sharing stories, images and videos via social media as we experience the wonder and beauty of our incredible forests in takayna.

    There will be tagged walks, a chance to chat with our campaigners, climbing workshops for all abilities, a warm roaring fire and hot food and tea.

     


     

    Everyone is welcome

    Even if you’re not a climber, never climbed or never considered climbing, or if you’ve spent more time in trees or on the end of a rope than on the ground, we’d love you to come along.

    All are welcome! These are your forests.

     


     

    If you are in Tasmania and would like more information about the event, contact [email protected] or RSVP below. 

     


     

  • International Day of Action on Big Biomass 2021

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:00 AM through October 22, 2021

    On Thursday, 21st October, we'll be participating in a global Day of Action against Big Biomass. 

    Biomass is being touted as a new, innovative, 'renewable' energy that will decrease carbon emissions.

    But we know this is a greenwashed myth.

    Forest biomass releases even more carbon than coal and is just another excuse for propping up the destructive and economically senseless logging industry.

    We need to take a stand against biomass - we want to move away from burning carbon entirely, which means we don't want dirty coal power to be replaced with native forest furnaces! 



    Join the International Day of Action

    You can get active at home by joining our big banner action - we want to see banners in front yard trees all around the country!

    Home-made banners, with the message "Cut Carbon Not Forests" hanging in front yards and windows all around the country will send a clear and urgent message. 

    Using a recycled piece of fabric, an old tea-towel, or bedsheet and string, you can make a banner to hang in a tree in your front yard. 

    If you don't have a tree, you can simply make a sign (
    or print one of our pre-made ones), stick it in your front window, snap a picture and upload it to Instagram or Twitter. 

    Make sure you use the hashtag #BigBadBiomass so you'll be included in a virtual rally of people, all around the globe, taking action in unison! 

    Home-made banners with the message "Cut Carbon Not Forests", hanging in front yards and windows all around the country, will send a clear and urgent message.

     

  • Stop Krilling Antarctica

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 08:30 AM
    Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID LOCKDOWN

    Join us for a demonstration outside of the CCAMLR ( Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) building on Monday, 18th October, to ask this conservation governing body to ban the fishing of krill in Antarctica. Krill are the foundational species of the Antarctic ecosystem, the very food of whales and penguins. They need total protection now.

    There is simply no way we should be fishing krill to create 'health' products and fish farm feed. Join us at 181 Macquarie Street, Hobart on Monday, 18th October at 8:30am.

    All you need to bring is yourself!

  • Welcome the icebreaker - dump the airport.

    Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    AJ White Park in Battery Point, Australia

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    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID LOCKDOWN

     

    On Saturday, 16th October, the Australian Antarctic Division's new icebreaker, RSV NUYINA, will arrive in Hobart. The icebreaker is a great asset to Australia’s Antarctic science community, unlike the disastrous airport.

    We want to have a welcome flotilla/paddle out to let the Australian Antarctic Division know that now we have this great icebreaker, that’s ALL we need! We definitely don’t need to lay 115,000 tonnes of concrete airport on top of the homes of seals and penguins.

    We will have a fun, colourful action with banners and signs to grab media attention and let the government know that when it comes to a giant concrete airport in Antarctica we say, No Way!

  • takayna Knoll surveys

    Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 09:00 AM through August 16, 2021
    takayna Knoll in Tullah, Australia

     

    The first takayna Knoll survey will be held on the 14-15th of August, and followed by monthly events over the next few months. RSVP below to hear about this and future events.

     


     

    takayna rainforests have an outstanding ecological heritage value and are prime habitats of rare and endangered wildlife species including the Tasmanian devils, wedge-tailed eagles, masked owls or spotted tail quolls. takayna is however severely threatened by mining company MMG intending on building a toxic tailings dam. After 8 weeks of direct actions by citizens opposed to this project, MMG has ceased work temporarily, waiting upon further environmental assessment. We urgently need to increase our biological knowledge of this threatened area, surrounding the “takayna Knoll”, in order to provide scientific evidence of its ecological value.

    Come and join us for “takayna Knoll surveys” to watch, count and celebrate the invaluable biodiversity of this threatened area. Citizens here have an opportunity to save this place from destruction by rigorously collecting biological data and scientific evidence of its ecological value. Led by Tasmanian fauna and flora experts over the next few months, this citizen science project will focus on the threatened species within the site and their respective habitats. It will include identifying tree and plant species, fauna prints and scats. The events will be held over a weekend and involve camping in the rainforest.

     


    SURVEY LOCATION

    The survey’s will be carried out within the mining lease obtained by MMG, at the exact site of the proposed tailings dam and its accompanying facilities. The site lies within takayna, just outside of Tullah in Tasmania’s North West along the Pieman River. The surveys’ participants will be welcomed in our base camp in Tullah, before walking towards the “takayna Knoll” along a 6.5km road. Camp site and food will be organised in the middle of this area, which is pure, species rich, ancient, Gondwana rainforest.

     


    WHY

    The data collected in these surveys will be used in further legal cases against MMG project proposals by highlighting the importance of preserving the natural intactness of this area. It will also increase our scientific knowledge of takayna ecological value, a crucial step towards its recognition as a World Heritage area.

    The beauty and magnificence of this forest has captivated all those who have visited and if the proposed tailings storage facility is to go ahead, nothing will ever live in this space again.

     


    WHO

    We are looking for Nature lovers and wildlife passionate citizens of all ages, from all over, to collaborate and collect data together. No scientific background is required to be involved. This is a great opportunity to show your support, stand up for our forests and save takayna.

     


     

  • Yoga Fundraiser for takayna 22 rsvps

    Sunday, August 01, 2021 at 01:30 PM
    Mana Movement Studio

    Last month activist yogis Sophie and Monique travelled to takayna / Tarkine to join Bob Brown Foundation in protecting the ancient temperate rainforest from destruction by Chinese state-owned mining company MMG. 

    Now they are offering a yoga class, in partnership with fellow yoga teacher and Greens candidate Phoenix Harrison and Mana Movement Studio, to raise money for this important campaign. All proceeds will be donated to Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna campaign.

    Please join us for a gentle and restoring 90-minute yoga class, with a particular focus on joint opening, restoration and repair. Lead by Sophie, with Monique and Phoenix to assist, the class will include gentle flowing movement, restorative postures and a guided meditation.

    This class is suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Please arrive 10 mins early for COVID-19 check-in requirements. 

    BYO yoga mat (props provided - mats available on request)

    Ticket price: $25 - if you can't make it along to class, please consider making a donation directly to the campaign. 

     

  • Reclaim takayna

    Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 04:00 PM through August 02, 2021
    Waratah Men's Shed in Waratah, Australia

    After two months of our biggest frontline action defending Australia’s largest temperate rainforests, we want to head back into takayna for an open day.

    Join us on Saturday night at the Waratah Men's Shed for dinner and camping in your own tent or campervan.

    Sunday will consist of a walk-in demonstration to the rainforests threatened by mining company MMG or you can visit nearby forests​ in the Que River region threatened by logging.

    Families are most welcome.

    Communal dinner & breakfast are vegan.

     


     

    Bob Brown Foundation campaigners and volunteers will be leading, assisting and sharing information on each of these walks below.

    An important consideration for options 1 and 2: Should the gates to the threatened rainforests remain closed by MMG, with security guards present as there are today, you will be entering a road closed by Forestry Tasmania. If the police arrive to evict the group, you may be given a formal 'move on' order by the police to leave. This is a police order to leave the site and not an arrest.

    When purchasing your tickets, please choose one of the options below to help us plan for the weekend. You will be able to change your mind after you've purchased your ticket.

     




    1. Walking Helilog road to the machines and the rainforest.

    The track from the car drop point on Pieman/Helilog junction to where the MMG lease and walking tracks are located is 7km long. The road is gravelled and muddy. There are some prolonged steep sections and once in, this is the only access.

    A return trip there and back is a 14km road walk, approx 2.5 hours one-way.

    Once at the southern end of Helilog Road, there are tagged walking tracks through the forest and the possibility for people to visit the occupation in the reclaimed rainforest. This would add an extra two hours and 1.5km one way but through beautiful pristine open rainforest, right in the very centre of the proposed mine site.

    Please note this will be a seven-hour return walk on Sunday. If you would like to stay the night on Sunday night in the rainforest, you are welcome.

    Depending on numbers, there will be a camp set up near the road to enable people to leave their gear and easily access the rainforest from the road end should they be uncomfortable with the longer walk.

    Camping for Sunday night in the forest will require everyone to be self-sufficient with tents, winter sleeping gear, wet weather and warm, appropriate walking clothes. All this gear will have to be carried in.

     




    2. A walk via Helilog Road to the old blockade camp and an excursion into the rainforests.

    This area is where we held the blockade against the logging this summer and where we pushed Forestry Tasmania out of these coupes the year previous with a direct action campaign.

    The walk from the drop off point on Helilog/Pieman Road junction to the old blockade camp is 1.5km, one-way, of gravelled road, walking mostly downhill on the way in.

    From there, we can set up a camp with a tea station and go for walks in the forest outside the mine lease but in a threatened patch of rainforest earmarked for logging. The forest here is of equal calibre to that of the proposed mine lease – part of the same tract and only 5 km away. However, easier access will allow you to enjoy more time in the forest, especially if walking along a gravel road for 14 km is not your cup of tea. And there WILL be tea.

    A 2.5 km loop walk is tagged through the forest in this area around the old camp and we will have people leading guided walks around this magnificent landscape of tall eucalypts, tree fern gullies and Gondwanan myrtles, standing strong.

     




    3. Que Road threatened rainforest.

    This is an option for those with 'move-on' orders or bail conditions for Helilog and Pieman roads, those who are not comfortable with the possibility of receiving a 'move-on' order or for anyone for whom walking a long distance is not an option.

    Que Road is an area of outstanding rainforest, part of the same tract in the proposed MMG mine area. We blockaded Forestry Tasmania for two solid weeks with canopy-top tree sits and immobilisation of machinery until they were pushed out, only managing to log a small area of this tract of pure open myrtle and sassafras-dominated Gondwanan relict forest.

    This year the coupe next door is on the chopping block.

    The road into the coupe allows access all the way to the forest floor. Twenty minutes drive north of Tullah, and a 10-minute drive along an old forestry gravel track, lands us right in the middle of an oasis of tall, ancient rainforest.

    Walking in here is spectacular and close to car access. There are tagged walking tracks that take you in a loop around the forest or down to the river. We will have a base camp there for people to come and go as they please around a warm cup of tea and a hot fire.

    Camping here is easy with vehicles close by.

    A walk in this forest can be from 2 minutes to 2 hours or more.

     




    We want to open these forests for everyone to see what is at stake. To experience the majestic beauty that has been bestowed upon us as custodians of these lands and to showcase how fragility and awe-inspiring beauty of takayna / Tarkine.

  • Introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) – Hobart

    Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 09:30 AM
    BBF Office in Hobart , Australia

    Join our experienced activists for an introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training covering a variety of topics including:

    - Non-violence and de-escalation of violence

    - History and context of Direct Action

    - Different types of actions and roles within actions

    - Legals briefing for activists

    - Security culture

    - How to get involved

     

    Due to COVID limits, RSVPs are essential. RSVP below. 

     

  • Introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) – Hobart

    Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 09:30 AM
    BBF Office in Hobart , Australia

    Join our experienced activists for an introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training covering a variety of topics including:

    - Non-violence and de-escalation of violence

    - History and context of Direct Action

    - Different types of actions and roles within actions

    - Legals briefing for activists

    - Security culture

    - How to get involved

     

    Due to COVID limits, RSVPs are essential. RSVP below. 

     

  • POSTPONED: takayna / Tarkine Trivia Night – Kirribilli Club

    Thursday, July 08, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay, Australia

     

    Help us raise funds to stop the destruction of the unique wilderness that is takayna / Tarkine.

     

    $30 each or $200 for a table of 8.

     


     

  • Introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) – Hobart

    Thursday, July 08, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    Bob Brown Foundation Office in Hobart , Australia

    Join our experienced activists for an introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training covering a variety of topics including:

    - Non-violence and de-escalation of violence

    - History and context of Direct Action

    - Different types of actions and roles within actions

    - Legals briefing for activists

    - Security culture

    - How to get involved

     

    Due to COVID limits, RSVPs are essential. RSVP below. 

     

  • Introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) – Hobart

    Saturday, July 03, 2021 at 09:30 AM
    BBF Office in Hobart , Australia

    Join our experienced activists for an introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training covering a variety of topics including:

    - Non-violence and de-escalation of violence

    - History and context of Direct Action

    - Different types of actions and roles within actions

    - Legals briefing for activists

    - Security culture

    - How to get involved

     

    Due to COVID limits, RSVPs are essential.

     

  • Introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) – Hobart

    Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 09:30 AM
    BBF Office in Hobart , Australia

    Join our experienced activists for an introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) training covering a variety of topics including:

    - Non-violence and de-escalation of violence

    - History and context of Direct Action

    - Different types of actions and roles within actions

    - Legals briefing for activists

    - Security culture

    - How to get involved

     

    Due to COVID limits, RSVPs are essential.

     

  • Action for Antarctica – 48hrs of Global Action 44 rsvps

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 09:00 AM through June 25, 2021
    Worldwide

     

    On 23rd June 2021 the Antarctic treaty – designed to protect the continent and Southern Ocean and promote peace and science - celebrates 60 years of coming into force. However, despite international cooperation there is little to celebrate unless we drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions as promised under the Paris agreement.

    On top of that large scale infrastructure projects are being proposed, while marine and terrestrial protected areas are severely lacking.

    The future of Antarctica is at risk.

    The climate crisis will turn the Antarctic ecosystem upside down and melting glaciers will change global coastlines forever, primarily displacing communities who've contributed least to the climate crisis. 

    Click here to download our action pack here with more ways to be involved. 

    If you'd like more information click here to download our campaign overview document.

     

    Click here to download our penguin stencil.

    On June 23rd 2021, a global 48hrs of action will take place to demand that Antarctic treaty nations commit to becoming true guardians of Antarctica.

    RSVP below to hear from our campaigner about an action near you.

  • Forest Defenders Screening Capalaba

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    Koala Tavern, 36-40 Moreton Bay Rd, Capalaba QLD 4157

    ACF Bayside are hosting a screening of Forest Defenders as a part of their "Movies that Matter" program. 

    Buy tickets here!

    This screening will start at 6.30, and Bob Brown Foundation Campaigns Manager Jenny Weber will be speaking at this event via zoom. 

    Bookings essential, please secure your place here.

  • Introduction to Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) - Launceston

    Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Launceston

    Due to COVID limits, RSVP's are essential.

    RSVP below to be contacted by our organisers with details of the venue.

  • Introduction to NVDA – Hobart

    Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 09:30 AM
    BBF Office in Hobart , Australia

    Due to COVID limits, RSVPs are essential.