Tasmania’s World Heritage gets Global Focus


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Environmentalist Bob Brown says he is writing to Premier Will Hodgman to suggest talks to reach mutual agreement on future management of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage area.

‘Mining and logging is simply not going to occur inside the TWWHA,’ Brown said.  ‘The Federal Government could not allow it and it would bring global condemnation on the Tasmanian Government’.

‘There will be a huge ruckus if bulldozers move in to the wilderness,’ Brown said.

‘There are hundreds of thousands of hectares of native forest outside the World Heritage Area, so logging and mining inside the area is indefensible,’ Brown said.

‘I would be very happy to meet the premier, along with other environmentalists, to agree on access and tourism options in keeping with this wild and scenic wonderland, Bob Brown said.

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Australia’s Parliament condemns native forests to Hell

Conservationists will campaign across Australia to protect native forests despite the Senate voting to allow forest furnaces last night.

‘This is the new forest Hell. As with woodchipping when it arrived in Eden, and then Triabunna, in 1970/1 promising only to use the waste from sawmilling, forest furnaces will come to dictate the destruction of Tasmanian and mainland wild native forests and wildlife habitat. In 2011, I signed a pact with Julia Gillard that made forest furnaces illegal, except for plantation wood. Labor has now torn up that pact to give Tony Abbott his way. It is a recipe for years of forest strife ahead and is all so unnecessary,’ Bob Brown said.

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Alarm over Premier Hodgman’s rainforest logging in Tasmania’s Tarkine

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Hodgman’s Government continues to damage tourism benefits for the NW region while logging the scenery, as conservationists protest at Executive Building in Hobart today.

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Tasmanian & Australian Government in embarrassing UNESCO spotlight again

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Time to deliver genuine World Heritage management and protection

Threats to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area by the Tasmanian Government's plan to allow logging and mining in the property, weakened protections of Outstanding Universal Values, intent to degrade wilderness quality and the Australian Government's failure to meet numerous requests on assessing cultural significance, have been criticised in the draft decision of the World Heritage Committee.

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Photographic exhibition promotes the plight of 450,000 hectares of Tasmania’s threatened landscapes

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In early April 2015, 70 artists spent 72 hours in the remote Tarkine wilderness in North West Tasmania, capturing the wild and scenic beauty of this threatened landscape, one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet. Participants included videographers, writers, musicians, painters, print-makers and photographers.

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Native forest furnaces threaten jobs, forests, climate and endangered species

The changes to the Renewable Energy Target negotiated today between Federal Liberal and Labor are a shameful leap backwards, at a time when action on climate change is urgent. The Federal Government’s obsessive intention to include burning native forests for electricity to gain renewable energy certificates will only mean climate catastrophe, entrenched forest destruction and will send endangered species to extinction, The Bob Brown Foundation said today.

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Tasmanian Government entrenches native forest and endangered species loss propped up with taxpayer subsidies

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The Bob Brown Foundation has serious concern for Tasmania’s native forests and endangered species after hearing the Tasmanian Government’s plan, outlined in state parliament today, to continue subsidies for Forestry Tasmania, entrench native forest logging and ditch a rapid transition to plantations.

“Propping up Forestry Tasmania and entrenching the logging of native forests at an ongoing cost to the Tasmanian taxpayer, is to the detriment of the environment, the unique wildlife that depend on these native forests and the Tasmanian people. Despite a review of Forestry Tasmania finding the GBE has been losing public money over many years, the Liberal Government is following a 'business as usual’ model, continuing the environmental and economic crimes that have cost the Tasmanian public dearly,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

“Additionally, Minister Paul Harriss' vision to look to the private sector to lead the logging industry into the future is an appalling approach when Ta Ann, the largest logging company in Tasmania is one of Sarawak’s worst logging companies. Ta Ann has received millions of dollars of taxpayer funds and managed to lose millions of dollars in Tasmania.  Ta Ann is not by any measure the answer to the desperate problems in Tasmania’s mendicant logging industry,” Jenny Weber said.

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Forestry Tasmania logging threatens extinction for species and for FSC certification

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Forestry Tasmania is approaching environment groups individually and trying to get them to endorse an ‘acceptable’ percentage of logging of Swift Parrot habitat when it is unequivocal that all logging of Swift Parrot breeding habitat must cease immediately. We believe this is related to an attempt to persuade their FSC auditors that conservation concerns have been addressed and allayed, when this is simply not the case.

Forestry Tasmania’s application for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is in trouble due to a significant number of major non-conformances with the FSC standard, especially in relation to failure to protect high conservation values.

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Bob Brown calls for Eco-Resort and Facilities Commission

Photo: Frankland Range, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, by Dan Broun.
Photo: Frankland Range, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, by Dan Broun.

"The Hodgman government's draft management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area would inevitably erode wilderness and therefore jobs and economic well-being for Tasmanians. The plan is an economic, employment and ecological backward step.  It should be rejected outright", Bob Brown stated.

"Wilderness is perhaps the world's fastest-disappearing natural resource. It is the single most potent attractant for potential visitors to Tasmania and is the major factor behind the current improvement in Tasmania's job rate compared to other states", Bob Brown said.

Bob Brown and the Bob Brown Foundation have made their submission to the Tasmanian government on the 2014 Draft Management Plan for Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area, see attached document.

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