In Hobart’s Supreme Court this afternoon a great victory was won for all Tasmanians by Bob Brown Foundation.
Our case in the Supreme Court has confirmed Sustainable Timber Tasmania doesn’t control access to our public forests. The outcome of makes it crystal clear there is no need for a permit on public land managed by STT for activities in the forests.
“In taking this case, we have won the right to have activities on public land. We have established for all Tasmanians that forestry can’t lock up the land and it can be accessed by all,” Jenny Weber said.
Acting Justice Martin today observed that aspects of STT conduct could be viewed with disfavour and determined it wasn’t unreasonable for Bob Brown Foundation to have commenced proceedings challenging STT’s refusal to grant a permit for the takayna Trail event.
Justice Martin ordered that each party pay their own costs.
In the Supreme Court, the Judge described STT treatment of BBF as 'cute’.
Outside the court, Bob Brown described STT as "despicable, tricky and misleading."
“For years STT has been telling the public a permit is required to go into the public forests and the court has found they were wrong all along,” Bob Brown said.
“We are looking forward to takayna Ultra and to the NPWS granting our permit for the event,” Jenny Weber said.