Defenders of the critically endangered Swift parrot faced Hobart Magistrates court today. Bob Brown Foundation held protests in Tasmania’s Eastern Tiers in December 2020 to defend from logging, native forests habitat for the Swift parrots. Bob Brown, Kevin Vaughan, Lucy Landon-Lane and Gabbi Knox's case was adjourned until 25 May. Charges against Jenny Weber and Colette Harmsen were dropped today.
"The Swift parrot, which is the fastest parrot on the planet, is critically endangered. Logging of prime habitat is still occurring in Tasmania. While this atrocity continues to occur there will always be people prepared to stand and defend these incredible birds, no matter what the cost," said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.
Rose Sheehan also appeared in court today for a protest in takayna / Tarkine. Protesting against the proposed Venture minerals proposed tin mine in Australia’s largest temperate rainforest. After pleading guilty, Rose was fined $500.
“Venture Minerals tin mine at Mt Lindsay involves destruction of more than 70 hectares of prime rainforests and needs to be halted. takayna / Tarkine needs urgent protection and until it is given the protection it deserves, takayna defenders are the only ones standing up for these rainforests,” Jenny Weber said.