As forest defenders battle to prevent the destruction of old growth rainforest and its wildlife at Que River in Tasmania’s Tarkine, Bob Brown Foundation has invited the Prime Minister and Premier Gutwein to visit the forests to see their World Heritage values for themselves.
Australia is in breach of the World Heritage Convention by sending the chainsaws in to this Gondwanan forest as it has demonstrable World Heritage values. The convention requires a full evaluation of the World Heritage values, including takayna / Tarkine’s rich Aboriginal heritage, before such damaging processes are allowed.
As guardians of Australia’s natural and cultural sites of World Heritage significance, Scott Morrison and Peter Gutwein should intervene to protect the nation’s largest temperate rainforest until an honest appraisal of the 500,000 hectare Tarkine’s values is completed. This forest’s value as a carbon bank is a stand-alone reason for stopping the publicly-subsidised destruction.
Six Tarkine Defenders have been arrested after defending rainforest trees on public land from logging. Three people were charged with trespass while another three, who were chained to machines and a gate, were charged with wilfully obstructing a police officer and trespass.
If any more Australians are to be arrested in this climate and extinction emergency, it should be those behind the destruction of these takayna / Tarkine rainforests.
Sadly, ancient rainforests are now being logged in the Que River area (the forests of coupe BO102A) after two days of defiant protests and delay. But our protests will continue to defend these forests, as Tarkine Defenders stand up and say no to this logging.
More ancient rainforests will be lost unless the Australian Prime Minister and Tasmanian Premier step in and call the loggers off. With a warming climate, this rainforest is unlikely to ever recover. Logging of native forests needs to stop and needs to stop now.