No World Heritage Logging Will Take Place

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Photo: Dan Broun

The Bob Brown Foundation has rebuffed Senator Richard Colbeck's contention that logging of rainforest in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is reasonable or permissible.

"The global reaction to taking bulldozers and chainsaws into World Heritage rainforests in Tasmania would damage the domestic and international image for wild and scenic beauty which has become pivotal to our economic and employment well being. Sacrificing tourism promotion to logging would be a public interest disaster," Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager, said.

"The rainforest timber industry has been grossly mismanaged for years with millions of tonnes logged and burned in regeneration burns while those now advocating logging in the World Heritage Area clapped it along. There has been no stronger advocate for the historic waste and destruction of industrial logging in Tasmania than Senator Colbeck,' Jenny Weber said.

"The only thing special about 'specialty timbers' is the protected rainforests that they come from, World Heritage listed rainforests that need to remain intact. The shameful disregard of millions of tonnes of rainforest species burnt over the years was met by silence from today's rainforest logging advocates, and ancient rainforest tracts protected as World Heritage are off limits as it should be," Jenny Weber said

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Lincoln Siliakus, environment legal expert, has died

Lincoln Siliakus, 2012 - Photo: Jim Budd

Lincoln Siliakus, the lawyer who set up the legal fund and advised the Tasmanian Wilderness Society through the Franklin River blockade in Tasmania in 1982-3, and then the Franklin Dam High Court case, has died in Paris.

"Lincoln, working with Pierre Slicer, played a pivotal role in the Franklin campaign which, in the end, turned on legal arguments. He also helped organise the pro-Franklin public gatherings outside the meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Paris which decided, on 13 December 1982, to list the Tasmanian Wilderness as World Heritage. He has a very important place in the history of Australian environmental protection", friend and fellow environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

Lincoln Siliakus, front left and front right Norm Sanders, during Franklin River campaign. Photo: Ross Scott

Alec Marr, who as CEO of the Wilderness Society worked more recently with Lincoln recalls: "Lincoln and Christine Milne together and unaided stopped the Australian Government from watering down the World Heritage Convention Operational Guidelines in 2003. Had the government succeeded, it would have opened all World Heritage sites around the world to massive developments such as mining operations."

Also after the Franklin campaign, Lincoln Siliakus played a huge role in the listing or protection of other Australian World Heritage properties including Kakadu, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Wet Tropical Rainforests of Queensland. He was most recently at Doha in 2014 to help in the successful effort to stop the Abbott Government from having a large part of Tasmania's World Heritage forest from being delisted and logged.

Siliakus was educated in Adelaide and became a wine connoisseur.

"Lincoln died of a short illness. Our condolences go to his wife Anne in Paris," Bob Brown said.

Photo Credits

1.      Lincoln Siliakus 2012
2.      Lincoln Siliakus, front left and front right Norm Sanders, during Franklin River campaign

Higher Resolution images available.


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Festival of Voices concert promotes the plight of Tasmania’s Tarkine


The Peacock Theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart TAS on Wednesday 8 July 2015 – 7:30PM

Tarkine Commotion, a once only show for Tasmania’s Festival of Voices, is a collaboration of singers, musicians, photographers and videographers from The Bob Brown Foundation’s Tarkine in Motion collaborative environmental art project.

This Wednesday 8 July at the Peacock Theatre, twenty four performers will showcase their collaborative production of nineteen new original compositions for Tarkine Commotion.

The BBF Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said, ‘Our Tarkine in Motion initiative aims to expose the globally significant natural and cultural heritage that is threatened in the Tarkine through many mediums including concerts and exhibitions. This Festival of Voices concert will offer the audience a unique opportunity to hear sounds direct from the place, inspired lyrics written and music composed in the place, expressed with the voices of many, it will be a portrait of one of the last great wild places on the planet, Tasmania’s Tarkine.’

Environmentalist and former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown believes that Tarkine in Motion is the perfect medium to showcase this remote, rugged and spectacular region to the rest of Australia.

 Creative Development Director Deborah Wace stated, ‘This performance offers an insight into the creative process of 70 artists inspired by the power and wonder of this unique ancient and wild landscape. The songs in our concert, Tarkine Commotion, represent a body of work to celebrate, mourn and protect this precious place.’

Sydney Actor and NSW Australia Day ambassador Simon Westaway will be one of the performers in Tarkine Commotion. Westaway joined the Tarkine in Motion project in April, stating “The success of Tarkine in Motion reveals that eco-tourism with the attraction of artists and likeminded people has potential for economic benefit for localised regions like the Tarkine and the state of Tasmania, rather than depending on crashing business engines like mining and forestry.”

Tarkine in Motion was held in early April 2015, 70 artists spent 72 hours in the remote Tarkine in North West Tasmania, capturing the wild and scenic beauty of this threatened landscape. Tarkine Commotion is the second event to be produced from the project, after a very successful photographic exhibition was held in May in Sydney as part of the Head On Photo Festival.

For media inquiries, images or interviews with Bob Brown, Deborah Wace and Simon Westaway, contact Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager on 0427 366 929 or email [email protected]


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Tasmania’s World Heritage gets Global Focus

Photo: Dan Broun

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


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


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


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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