The Bob Brown Foundation has been granted leave to appeal against a costs ruling in the Bob Brown Foundation Inc v Sustainable Timber Tasmania 369/2021 case over the Foundation's community event, takayna Trail, access to public land. The Foundation considers that Forestry's conduct was unfair and is now pursuing costs against Sustainable Timber Tasmania. The matter is hoped to be listed in the Full Court within the next 8 weeks.
"Sus Timbers Tasmania should not have denied us access to public land for takayna Trail 2021 in the first place. They forced our Foundation to take the matter to court, to ensure the event could go ahead. Once in court STT then said no permit was needed and that takayna Trail could run. It was a waste of the court's time, our time and a waste of our supporter's money. STT's conduct was unfair and arrogant and we will now pursue them for full costs of the proceedings," said Bob Brown Foundation's Campaign Manager, Jenny Weber.
"In the end takayna Trail was a huge success, raising close to $200,000 with 120 runners participating from across Australia. The runners, 75% of whom came for the event from interstate, brought tourism dollars into the North West region, giving a much needed boost during tough times for the tourism industry," said Ms Weber.