Yesterday, two people were arrested during a protest which shut down logging for the day in Wentworth Hills, Tasmania. Matt Willes and Natalie Micevsk were both charged with wilful obstruct and trespass as part of Bob Brown Foundation’s non-violent direct action carried out during sub-zero temperatures in ancient native forests on the island’s central plateau.
"Shame on the Gutwein government for funding the plunder of Wentworth Hills and our wild Tasmania. Shame on Guy Barnett, the minister creating climate change, for actively choosing to ignore the science, ignore the people of Tasmania and thwarting global efforts to rectify this climate emergency we are being aggressively thrown towards," said Erik Hayward, Bob Brown Foundation campaign organiser.
"Yesterday’s peaceful stand in fragile Wentworth Hills, in the sub-zero conditions, was one of many protests to defend native forests and call for urgent protection. We will not stand down. Despite the Gutwein government's claims that forestry is creating jobs in this state, whole logs ready for export from native forests are currently lining Macquarie Wharf in Hobart. Logs that were once habitat forests for Wedge-tailed Eagles, Masked Owls and critically endangered Swift Parrots," said Mr Hayward.