The Federal Court has announced this morning that each party will bear their own costs in the Great Forest Case, despite the case going against Bob Brown Foundation. The landmark case was brought by Bob Brown Foundation against the State of Tasmania, Commonwealth and Sustainable Timber Tasmania. The court concluded ‘this is an appropriate case to depart from the usual costs order and order that each part bear its own costs’.
“Today’s judgment has vindicated us bringing this important case to the Federal Court, proving the case is a matter of public importance,” Bob Brown said.
“We were never going to gain anything out of this as an organisation. We were taking this case to challenge the native forest destroying Regional Forest Agreement and for the survival of endangered species that rely on intact forests,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
The expected costs were likely to exceed $300 000 of taxpayers’ funds spent by the Commonwealth and State Governments opposing our defence of Tasmania’s wild forests including the critically endangered Swift parrot.
We will be making an announcement in the coming week about appealing the Great Forest Case to the High Court.