Call on Tasmanian Government to protect Swift Parrot habitat in secure reserves

Media Release 13 September 2016

Swift Parrot. Photo: Henry Cook


The Bob Brown Foundation has called on the Tasmanian Government to declare secure reserves for all Swift Parrot habitat on public lands in Tasmania as one step to saving the critically endangered parrot from extinction. Conservationists will conduct their monthly Swift Parrot demonstration on Hobart’s parliament lawns today to coincide with the Tasmanian Parliament sitting.

“As the critically endangered Swift Parrots return to Tasmania’s native forests the Tasmanian Government could welcome them by declaring secure protection for all their habitat. Declaration of securely protected reserves on Bruny Island, in the southern forests and Wielangta would help save these critically endangered species. On Bruny Island for example, expanding South Bruny Island National Park to include all the unprotected forests surrounding the Park, can protect critical habitat for the Swift Parrot and remove the temporary stay of execution,” Jenny Weber said.

“Premier Hodgman and Minister Groom have a choice; keep Swift Parrot habitat open for logging and send Swift Parrots to extinction or make a historic move and declare secure reserves for Swift Parrots,” Jenny Weber said.

“We are holding monthly demonstrations on Parliament Lawns with placards of the Swift Parrot to remind the Government that a critically endangered species needs a strong effort to protect it from extinction, including permanently end logging in Swift Parrot habitat,” Jenny Weber said.

Jenny Weber
0427 366 929

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