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.

 


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  • Tori Bail
    commented 2020-02-08 11:45:52 +1100
    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, the Tarkine’s rich Aboriginal heritage, before such damaging processes are allowed. Please intervene to protect the nation’s largest temperate rainforest until an honest appraisal of the 500,000 hectare Tarkine’s values is completed. Time for a new paradigm shift.
  • Ky E
    commented 2020-02-07 08:20:09 +1100
    Senator Gutwein, I do not approve this, First Nations people do not approve this. This action is a crime against humanity. To remove what is left of a connected and functioning ecosystem for paper is environmental crime. The Tarkine is an important part of understanding who we are and how we are connected to the Earth. This forest has hundreds of thousands of years of knowledge that we can’t even start to comprehend. How can we demolish a forest without even knowing that much about it? Put yourself in the forests shoes. What if a giant came and destroyed your home, took your place to sleep and the belongings that you have which are irreplaceable? I don’t think you’d be very happy with that, Senator. Please save the Tarkine, it’s one of very few hopes we have left.
  • Nikko Raffin
    commented 2020-02-06 12:35:20 +1100
    Please, please, stop this insensitivity to the beauty, magic & mystery of our earth’s native ecosystems. We are so lucky to have such places on the planet – they are WORLD HERITAGE sites. Do you understand what that means? do you understand how valuable & necessary they are to well being of the entire planet & all the beings that inhabit her. Please stop this out right abuse, destruction & greed. It’s not yours alone to consume.
  • Sarah Peyton
    commented 2020-02-06 07:45:19 +1100
    Please stop this logging and return the caretaker role of the rainforests here to the Indigenous community.
  • Barb Mason
    commented 2020-02-05 08:05:43 +1100
    I DON"T OWN A MOBILE! Geez sick to death of sites who do not cater for that. It’s a reason I will not sign petitions if I don’t have an alternative.