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  • Sydney Snap Action for takayna Tarkine 7 rsvps

    Thursday, May 05, 2022 at 08:00 AM
    Outside Hyatt Regency, 161 Sussex St, Sydney

    Can you give us one hour in defence of takayna’s rainforests?

    Venture Minerals are appearing at the Sydney Resources Roundup to spruik investment in their proposed tin and iron ore mines in takayna / Tarkine’ rainforest. We have been joining defenders around the country protesting outside every investor forum that Venture appears at to make sure prospective funders know that this company has no social licence and faces an organised community campaign. Every time we have done this Venture’s share price has fallen as investors walk away from these toxic projects.

    You can help. We need Sydneysiders to join with us for one hour between 8am and 9am on Thursday 5th May, outside the Hyatt Regency (161 Sussex St, Sydney) to hold banners and join a few chants to let prospective investors know that Venture Minerals is bad business.

    We know this works. Every time we have turned out at these forums we have seen Venture’s share price and market capitalisation fall. One hour of action can have a massive impact.

    Contact [email protected] for more details.

  • takayna / Tarkine Trivia Night – Kirribilli Club

    Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 06:30 PM
    Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay, Australia

    This event has been cancelled. Please contact [email protected] for queries. 

     

    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.

     


     

  • Art for takayna 2022 7 rsvps

    Friday, April 15, 2022 at 04:00 PM through April 18, 2022
    takayna / Tarkine - various locations

    We are holding the 2022 Art for takayna event over Easter. 

    This year, we plan to hold two static basecamps in the southern region of the Tarkine, and one remote roaming wilderness group. If there is enough interest, we will add additional camps. 

    This event will commence on Good Friday, April 15th at 4pm, and will finish on Easter Monday. 

    Artists will spend two full days and three nights immersed in threatened takayna / Tarkine, with ample opportunity for artists to hear about and engage with our campaign for protection of one of the last wild places on Earth.

    Art for takayna culminates in a collaborative exhibition in 2023, and artists are required to commit to one piece for exhibition.

    We will provide more information about specific locations for basecamps once we have assessed our applicants and resources. You will have the opportunity to select your own location. Each location will be bush camping, with the remote group requiring fully self-sufficient participants. 

    We are also seeking volunteers to pull this event together, including guides and cooks. 

    Please apply below if you are an artist or a volunteer. 

    ARTISTS APPLICATION HERE


     

    VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AND INFORMATION HERE

  • Snap Action for Tarkine in Perth 13 rsvps

    Thursday, April 07, 2022 at 08:00 AM
    TBC

    Venture Minerals are determined to build two toxic mine projects in World Heritage value rainforests in takayna / Tarkine, and they're on the hunt for investors to fund these projects. 

    We are determined to let investors know that funding these projects is funding the destruction of ancient Gondwanan rainforests found nowhere else on the planet.

    We need some keen, friendly, enthusiastic Perth-based supporters to join us for an hour on the morning of Thursday April the 7th of an easy, quick snap action. 

    More information will be provided when you RSVP - please share with your friends! 

  • NEW DATE - Communities for Forests Election Workshop - Sydney Inner West 11 rsvps

    Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    The Common Room, Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallet St, Camperdown, Sydney
    The federal election is right around the corner, and our politicians are hitting the campaign trail. We want to put native forest protection at the top of the campaign agenda, but we need your help to join us.

    If you are in Sydney, please come along for this group workshop on Thursday 31 March, where we'll talk about ways to engage the community around us to build power and put our candidates on notice once the election is called.

    We'll be working as a group to strategise a plan for the upcoming election - identifying influential targets, allies and key moments to mobilise our local electorates. 

    All welcome - this workshop will be particularly useful for constituents and forest-lovers from Grayndler, Sydney, Wentworth, Kingsford Smith, Lowe, Reid, Blaxland, Watson, Parramatta, Bennelong and North Sydney electorates. 

    For more information on our Communities for Forests campaign, you can head here.
  • SNAP TARKINE ACTION - Brisbane 15 rsvps

    Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 08:00 AM
    TBC

    Our takayna / Tarkine campaign team are heading to the Brisbane Mining Conference, happening on the 23-24th March!

    Venture Minerals have plans for a series of mines in the World Heritage verified rainforests and heathlands of takayna / Tarkine. Bob Brown Foundation has been disrupting Venture Minerals activities in the forests, in the board room and in the investment markets to ensure that these mines never eventuate.

    Venture Minerals need to raise $50million to develop its tin, tungsten and iron ore mine at Mt Lindsay. They are pitching for investors at the Brisbane Mining Conference on the 24th March. We need you to join with us outside the venue as potential investors arrive to let them know that these projects are environmental vandalism, and that public opposition will mean any investment in Venture Minerals is risky.

    Venture Minerals are presenting at the Brisbane Mining Conference on the 24th. We will be protesting outside the venue (Royal on the Park) between 8am-9am on the 24th. We'd love for you to join us! 

    We will be holding a briefing on 23rd at 7pm, with a central Brisbane location to be confirmed - there will be an option to join online also. 

    Please RSVP below, and we will be in touch to provide you with more information and the briefing location. 

     

  • takayna Trail 2022

    Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 05:00 AM through February 27, 2022
    takayna

    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.


     

  • Toxic Salmon Sydney to Hobart Flotilla 84 rsvps

    Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 03:00 PM
    Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Hobart, Australia

    Do you have a kayak, boat or sailing vessel? Join us for a flotilla when the first yachts of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race arrive and pass through the very waters where the toxic salmon industry intends to expand.

    The toxic salmon industry is expanding into incredible Storm Bay just outside of Hobart. Not only will this further destroy Tasmania's coastal waters, but it will also industrialise the entrance to the River Derwent and the final leg of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. 

    The yachts should start arriving on December 28th. Our idea is to follow the lead vessel(s) in and then congregate near the finish lines with as many vessels flying the TOXIC flag as possible. 

    *** These times are estimates only and could change at any time. Please keep an eye out for updates from Alistair about any changes to these plans. ***

    It's important to note that we are not interfering with the race in any way and will be abiding by all instructions from marshals.

    If you are not able to take to the water, you are welcome to join us on the shoreline. At this stage we'll be meeting as a group outside Mawson's Replica Hut at 3.15 pm on Tuesday 28th December, but again this time could change so stay tuned for updates.

    Can't wait to see you all out there defending Tassie's unique and incredible coasts.

     

  • Action for Forests National Webinar

    Monday, December 06, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    Online via Zoom

    Next Monday evening, we're hosting a national webinar on native forests, providing an opportunity for you to find out how to get involved in native forest campaigning in your local area.

    We'll be joined by great campaigners from Goongerah Environment Centre, Forest Defence NSW, and the Great Koala National Park, organisations that have all been fighting on the frontlines of logging and urbanisation of their local forests. 

    The webinar will run from 6pm till 7pm next Monday, 6th December. You can register for your zoom link at the button below. 

     


    As well as hearing about what is happening on the frontlines of forest destruction in Tasmania, NSW and Victoria, we'll be talking about our Native Forest Pledge and why we want to reach 500,000 signatures before the 2022 Federal Election. 

    Finally, we'll be using this webinar to pitch our native forest community organising plan to you. 

    This brand new campaign tactic is an opportunity for our supporters to get out and connect with others in their community over summer, to build real-life connections and local grassroots support for our Native Forest Declaration. 



    In a time of biodiversity and climate crises, we need to act now. 

    If you have been looking for an opportunity to get involved with forest campaigning in your local area, this is your chance!

  • 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 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.