Media Release: Tarkine defenders hold their ground as protest continues in face of government’s draconian anti-protest laws

Bob Brown Foundation has been protecting threatened takayna / Tarkine forests for the past month with a peaceful occupation in forests on the logging schedule. Despite Tasmania’s government threatening harsher penalties for protesters, the Tarkine protest continues, and the Foundation will host a rally on Parliament Lawns in Hobart next Monday to oppose the new ‘Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019’.

“Our occupation of these Tarkine forests saved them from logging last year and we plan to do the same this year. Tasmania’s government and Sus Timbers Tasmania plan to destroy the rare rainforests of the Tarkine. At a time when the climate emergency and extinction crisis we are living in demands real action. One natural solution to the climate breakdown is protecting forests, and the vast tract of intact forests in the Tarkine and around Tasmania can provide enormous benefits if securely protected,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

“One hundred citizens have been defending the forests in the Sumac in the past month. Our Foundation will monitor eight ancient forests across the Tarkine that are threatened by logging in the coming months and if logging begins in these forests, we will defend the rare and endangered species and climate benefits that these forests give to planet Earth,” Jenny Weber said.

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