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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Poll Majority Backs Wilderness

Lake Judd. Photo: Dan Broun
Lake Judd. Photo: Dan Broun

Media release - 3 Mar 2015

A Lonergan Research poll released in the run up to today’s Hobart Town Hall meeting shows a big majority (72%) of Tasmanians want the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness protected.

An even bigger majority (76%) say the word ‘wilderness’ should not be removed or replaced in the name of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The Lonergan research poll questioned 2200 Tasmanians by phone at home last weekend for The Bob Brown Foundation.

“Tasmanians are very proud of the island’s wilderness and don’t want it damaged,” Dr Bob Brown said today.

“Today’s Town Hall meeting is to back the strong feeling amongst ordinary Tasmanians that wilderness should remain protected in the area’s management plan. There are great places left for private tourism resorts, outside the World Heritage Area,” Dr Bob Brown said.

Read the poll results here.

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Public Meeting - Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area Under Threat

HeaderPublic Meeting Tomorrow 3 March 2015

Hobart Town Hall – 12 noon

In Hobart Town Hall tomorrow at 12noon a Public Meeting will be held to outline concerns about the Tasmanian Government’s plans to weaken wilderness protection in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and encourage people to have their say.  Speakers are World Heritage Expert Jamie Kirkpatrick, Environmentalist Bob Brown, Champion Orienteer & Runner Hanny Allston, and Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Ruth Langford.

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Tarkine Tales - Public Event by The Bob Brown Foundation

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Peacock Theatre – Saturday 28 February 2015 – 6PM

Bob Brown will speak at Salamanca Arts Centre on Saturday night on the TARKINE. With Michelle Foale, a campaigner for Tarkine protection in 1995 at the Road to Nowhere protests and Sharnie Everett from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Bob Brown will be speaking on the theme Passion and Protest for the Tarkine.

Bob Brown states “I first ventured into the Tarkine region in 1972 to search for the Tasmanian tiger, thought to be extinct since 1936. There had been alleged sightings in the Tarkine, I was very sceptical but that trip took me right into the Tarkine, and down the coastline, and I saw the rainforest and the pristine rivers and the wildlife…and that has stayed with me these last 40 years.”

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Warning of Groom's Wilderness Construction Boom

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Environmental Groups rally local, national & global support for Wilderness

Warning of Groom's Wilderness Construction Boom

Tasmania’s leading environment organisations are campaigning for local, national and global support for Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area as the State Government pushes ahead with their plans to weaken protection of the globally significant area.

With Tasmanian public meetings, outreach to International allies, partner groups hosting a meeting in Melbourne and online action, the community is being rallied to urge the State Government to maintain rigorous protections.

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World Heritage invasion on the amenity Tasmania is famous for - Bob Brown

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Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Photo: Dan Broun

The announcements today by the Hodgman Government on more tourism projects for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, would see the largest expansion of hut intrusions into the wilderness.

"The slow release of these plans for intrusions in to the World Heritage Area is a sham process without transparency and accountability. All of the remaining projects should be released now," Environmentalist Bob Brown said today.

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Abbott must tackle marine criminals

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The Prime Minister must intervene on the three criminal ships illegally taking multi-million dollar fish hauls from Australia's southern oceans, environmentalist Bob brown said today.

Two of these Interpol-listed ships, the Kunlun and Yongding, are in Australian Antarctic waters hauling in the Toothfish know as 'white gold', with the full knowledge of the Australian Government. 'The illegal fishing is proceeding with the assent not to intervene of Prime Minister Abbott. He is effectively aiding this criminality in our own backyard,' Brown said.

While the Kulun is being pursued by Sea Shepherd Australia's ship Sam Simon, much further west SSA's Bob Barker is confronting the notorious pirate fishing vessel Thunder.

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Tasmanian Government backs down from another blunder

The Hodgman Government's attack on environmentalists has blundered again. This time, to avoid becoming the legal laughing stock of Australia, it has admitted that the proposal to change the defamation laws is not supported anywhere else in the country.

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