Media Release: takayna Ultra – Tasmania's unique ultra-marathon ready for second run.

takayna Ultra is a 65km ultra-marathon event whose main goal is to help protect takayna / Tarkine in a World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership. The takayna / Tarkine region of northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracks of Gondwanan rainforest in the world, and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archeology in the southern hemisphere. Yet this place, which remains largely as it was when dinosaurs roamed the planet, is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries including logging and mining.

On 13th March 2020, this unique event will be held for the second time. Already more than 120 participants have signed up to run, with all funds raised going to the Bob Brown Foundation's takayna / Tarkine campaign.

“I'm 6th generation Tasmanian from NW Tassie just north of takayna / Tarkine. I moved back to Tassie in 2018 after 20yrs living and working around Australia, Europe, the US and PNG. Upon moving back, I knew I wanted to share the amazing landscapes of Tasmania with the world through adventure events and at UTA (Ultra-Trail Australia) in 2018, I watched the film takayna produced by Patagonia and I knew exactly what I needed to do. Within hours, I'd been in contact with Patagonia and BBF and within 11 months, we had successfully delivered Tassie's newest and the first trail ultra in takayna / Tarkine. I am immensely proud to have co-founded this important event showcasing and supporting the protection of the raw and powerful takayna landscapes for all generations to come,” said takayna Ultra race director Lincoln Quilliam.

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Media Release: Four protesters arrested at Ta Ann timber mill

“Four people were arrested today at the notorious timber mill owned by Ta Ann Tasmania in northern Tasmania. This mill is on the doorstep of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest, takayna / Tarkine and many areas of intact rainforests and carbon storehouses are threatened by logging for Ta Ann,” Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna / Tarkine Campaigner, Scott Jordan said.

This protest took place today to make Ta Ann accountable for their destruction of environment and climate, this mill is where logged forests of takayna / Tarkine end up.

“Timber supply into Ta Ann’s mills remain highly contentious. Forests across Tasmania with old growth values, rare and endangered species habitat and carbon storehouses are destroyed for Ta Ann. The company is one of the biggest in Tasmania receiving timber from the unsustainable and environmentally damaging logging practices,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: Logging protest at Ta Ann timber mill

Thirty people are this morning protesting at the Smithton Ta Ann timber mill. Four people have attached themselves to mill equipment and will remain until they are removed.

“We are protesting today to hold Ta Ann Tasmania to account for its destruction of the environment and climate,” Bob Brown Foundations Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan said.

“There are a number of ancient forests in takayna / Tarkine that are scheduled for logging to supply timber to Ta Ann. These forests are world heritage value and need urgent protection from logging,” Scott Jordan said.

Ta Ann is a major driver of forest destruction in Tasmania and has an appalling reputation for logging, palm oil expansion, and human rights abuses in Sarawak, Malaysia Borneo.

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Media Release: Four arrests while defending the Tarkine

Four Tarkine Defenders have been arrested during the protest today in Tarkine forest BO092C, while 120 people rallied outside a luncheon address by the Premier in Hobart.

“The brave defenders of takayna / Tarkine have once again been arrested taking action for climate. Three attached themselves to bulldozers and a fourth person was arrested while filming the protest,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: Conservationists refuse to negotiate with loggers - Police arrive

This morning, Police have arrived at BO092C to remove Tarkine Defenders. Two trees sits are in place and 4 people are attached to bulldozers while thirty members of the community are at the blockade.

Bob Brown Foundation, and the citizens who are currently occupying the BO092C coupe in takayna / Tarkine, refuse to cease protest activity as requested by Sus Timber Tasmania.

Responding through this media statement to Sus Timber Tasmania’s request, “We will not negotiate. We want permanent Tarkine protection and are willing to continue to fight for takayna / Tarkine. We want a return to Aboriginal ownership for takayna / Tarkine and traditional owners need to be consulted about the current logging of these ancient wild landscapes and the rest of takayna. We are committed to this campaign to defend and protect takayna / Tarkine and support around the globe is increasing for this wild, ancient place.” This statement was prepared by campaigners and Tarkine Defenders on the frontline, working together for the protection of takayna / Tarkine.

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Media Release: Tasmanian Loggers abandon Tarkine forest before finishing – Timber too contentious

Bob Brown Foundation has received a letter from the Tasmanian Government logging agency, Sus Timber Tasmania this morning to say that logging is not going to continue in a Tarkine coupe where Tarkine Defenders have established an occupation.
 
 “Today sixty community members have occupied the Tarkine forests of BO092C to highlight the ongoing loss of world heritage value forests and rich carbon stores. Our occupation of these forests has successfully forced the loggers to abandon further destruction of these remarkable ancient forests and we will stay in these ancient forests until the last machine is out,” Dr Lisa Searle, Bob Brown Foundation’s organiser in the forests said.

 

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Media Release: Protests continue as conservationists declare a national rainforest crisis in Tasmania

This morning more than 40 members of the community will be joining the 20 already occupying a logging area in takayna / Tarkine

Bob Brown Foundation has today released a compelling photographic essay of the Tarkine Defenders who are occupying the tall eucalyptus forests in the south of takayna / Tarkine where logging has been destroying these ancient ecosystems and Bob Brown Foundation is calling for secure protection of the remaining forests and an immediate halt to the proposed logging.

“Premier Gutwein needs to remove the logging machines from takayna / Tarkine and end the logging,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

“Australia’s largest temperate rainforest is under an unprecedented assault.  Never have we seen such wanton destruction of rainforests in this age of a climate emergency, last time we saw this type of logging was in January 2018.  Since Tasmania’s Government destroyed rainforests in takayna in January 2018, Australia has been reeling from the biodiversity and climate crisis and worse is to come as our planet heats up.  Logging of rainforests and native forests in takayna / Tarkine is a national crisis,” Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: Tarkine under increased logging assault – new protest camp established

New logging has been discovered in takayna / Tarkine after a week of protests in another rainforest area ended with ten Tarkine Defenders arrested and Premier Gutwein failing to act to protect the forests.

Tarkine Defenders have established a new blockade camp in forests north of the Pieman River after discovering recently commenced clearfelling of old growth forests. The area is identified by Sus Timbers Tasmania as coupe BO092C and they describe the forest as having tall Eucalyptus Obliqua forests, callidendrous and thamnic rainforests, potential for giant trees and plans to remove five hundred ferns. The Dicksonia antarctica, is a tree fern that can live to 500 years old and is just one of the ancient species in this forest that will be destroyed by this logging assault.

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Media Release: Adani Watch - new project documenting global misdeeds of Adani group

Bob Brown Foundation establishes AdaniWatch to report on corporate giant’s controversies in India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Australia.

The Bob Brown Foundation has established a project, which includes a new website, to report on the global controversies in which the Adani Group is entangled.

AdaniWatch (www.bobbrown.org.au/adaniwatch) went live today, with stories about Adani’s dealings in India, Myanmar and Indonesia. Veteran Tasmanian environmentalist, Geoff Law, heads Adani Watch as it editor.

"While most Australians have heard of Adani’s proposed coal mine in Queensland, they would be unaware of the group’s other activities across the globe," said Adani Watch editor Geoff Law.

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Media Release: Three Tarkine Defenders arrested in fourth day of Tasmanian forest protests

The ongoing Tarkine protest enters its fourth day with Dr Lisa Searle on a tripod at the entrance to the contentious logging coupe and more Tarkine Defenders attached to logging machinery in the rainforest.

"The logging of these ancient rainforests right now is shocking to many Australians who want the protection of the Tarkine and a halt to biodiversity loss and climate-destroying logging," Bob Brown Foundations Jenny Weber said.

"Biodiversity loss needs to be reversed and the disappearance of ancient ecosystems needs to be prevented. We are living through two crises, an accelerating climate emergency, and rapid biodiversity loss. To be losing an ancient rainforest in Australia’s largest tract of temperate rainforest is damaging the climate and will contribute to biodiversity collapse,"

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