Peter Cundall, ABC radio and TV gardening guru, was a valiant campaigner for Tasmania’s forests and wildlife, Bob Brown said in Launceston today.
“Peter was appalled by the destruction of native forests. He called it a crime and joined the biggest public rallies for forests and against pulp mills in Launceston, Hobart and regional Tasmania. He was outspoken against what he called Gunns’ “dirty, stinking” pulp mill proposed by the company and Labor Premier Paul Lennon for the Tamar Valley. The general public was more on side with Peter’s views than with the governments of the day.”
“I first encountered Peter Cundall’s powerful advocacy for nature when he spoke out against the flooding of the franklin river. He joined a public meeting in the Lemonthyme Valley near Cradle Mountain in the 1980s and that forest is now also protected. He spoke out for the Great Western Tiers, the northeast forests of Tasmania and the waters of Bass Strait threatened with toxic outfall from proposed pulp mills. His advocacy for nature was matched by an active and heartfelt support for social justice and opposition to the cruelties of war such as he had experienced in his younger life.”
“Peter’s hugely popular on-air gardening advice programs had subliminal but powerful messages for protecting and honouring of Australia’s wild places and wildlife. His passing will bring tears to the eyes of countless thousands of Australians who avidly viewed his love of gardening and all things green on Gardening Australia,” Brown said.
“Millions of Australians will be putting a figurative arm around Tina and her family today as we share memories of this wonderful man’s life over the last 94 years.”