Media Release: Conservationists for Wildlife and Climate arrested in Tasmanian rainforest

Six Tarkine Defenders have been charged today, after defending rainforest trees on public land from logging. Three people were charged with trespass while another three, who were chained to machines and a gate, were charged with wilfully obstructing a police officer and trespass.

“The logging of the ancient forests right now in takayna / Tarkine is on Premier Gutwein’s watch. His commitment to do more on climate now means nothing when a fortnight into his role these forests are being trashed," said Bob Brown Foundation's Camapign Manager Jenny Weber.

“Sadly, ancient rainforests are now being logged in the Que River area after two days of defiant protests and delay. But our protests will continue to defend these forests, as Tarkine Defenders stand up and say no to this logging.

With a warming climate this rainforest is unlikely to ever recover. Logging of native forests needs to stop and needs to stop now,” Jenny Weber said.

"The real crime here is that we have a government sanctioning logging of ancient rainforest carbon stores in an age of climate emergency. This government should be on trial and the defenders should be receiving medals,"said takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

Bob Brown, speaking at a Climate Emergency Rally in Canberra, called on the thousands in attendance to back the Tarkine defenders, go to the Tarkine and stand in front of the chainsaws.

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  • Inez Mcmurtrie
    commented 2020-02-05 01:42:50 +1100
    Disgusting destroying our biodiversity & ecological environment. This is a old forest which will change the environment if destroying it climate change is happening.
  • Sharon Maynsrd
    commented 2020-02-04 16:36:19 +1100
    This is another criminal act by loggers and government. Logging in ancient native rainforests has always been environmental destruction but at this time in our history it’s unbelievable. It has to stop and stop now.