Media Release: One hundred citizens join fifth annual Tarkine BioBlitz

More than 100 citizens have headed into Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine to participate in the annual Tarkine BioBlitz. Forty wildlife and vegetation surveys will be carried out in the Tarkine BioBlitz over the next three days.

“Our Tarkine BioBlitz is a festival of science in nature in one of the world’s last wild places. Exploring the threatened forests, rivers and remote coastline, we record as many living things as possible over three days,” said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.

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Media Release: Morrison to digitise ecocide: Bob Brown

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plan to speed up environmental approvals for mines, dams and industrial fish farms is a formula for faster extinction of species, breakdown of ecosystems and loss of Aboriginal heritage, environmentalist Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

The PM’s promise to big business of faster assessments will extend to the nation’s beleagured Indigenous estate.

“Mr Morrison does not want to know that you cannot digitise the field studies essential to a mature understanding of the environmental and human heritage impacts of megaprojects like coal mines, gas fields, oil wells, dams, industrial fish farms and clearfell logging,” Brown said.

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Media Release: Shearwater crisis: call to federal, state ministers for action

Bob Brown Foundation has made a call for action from the Tasmanian and Federal ministers for the environment following news of catastrophic collapse of this years shearwater migration from Alaska to Tasmania.

Thousands of the shearwaters are dead and washing up on Sydney beaches

Source MSN News

"This appears to be another human-induced environmental disaster. Our environment ministers need to inform the Tasmanian electorate about the cause and remedy. If the climate emergency and ocean warming is not the problem, people should know what the experts think is the problem," said Bob Brown.


Shearwater images by Bob Brown here

 

 

 

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Media Release: Tarkine defenders hold their ground as protest continues in face of government’s draconian anti-protest laws

Bob Brown Foundation has been protecting threatened takayna / Tarkine forests for the past month with a peaceful occupation in forests on the logging schedule. Despite Tasmania’s government threatening harsher penalties for protesters, the Tarkine protest continues, and the Foundation will host a rally on Parliament Lawns in Hobart next Monday to oppose the new ‘Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019’.

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Media Release: Rally against draconian protest laws.

There will be a public rally outside Parliament house at 12 noon next Monday 25th November to protest the Hodgman government's draconian anti-protest laws.

"A range of community groups will be represented at the rally," said Bob Brown Foundation's Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.

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Media Release: Call for immediate World Heritage action on ancient carvings

Whilst welcoming the support of the meeting of Australia's environment ministers for the inclusion on the World Heritage Tentative List of the world’s largest array of ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings) on the Burrup Peninsula, Bob Brown Foundation urges the Federal Government to stop procrastinating and nominate the site immediately.

“The Federal Government has the sole responsibility for the content of its World Heritage Tentative List and can add a property at any time. But since 2017, this government has delayed and deferred to the WA Government and to heavy industry on the Burrup,” BBF spokesperson and former Australian Greens leader Christine Milne said today.

An advisor to the WA government warned Premier McGown in 2017 that World Heritage Listing might adversely affect opportunities for heavy industrial expansion. Since then, both Federal and State Governments have made supportive statements about World Heritage whilst at the same time expanding potentially damaging industry. A major concern is acid pollution from these industries eroding the rock carvings which are tens of thousands of years old.

The Aboriginal elders of Murujuga support World Heritage listing.

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Media Release: Stop Adani Convoy’s success and Labor’s failure.

Federal Labor’s election analysis undersores the success of the Stop Adani Convoy, Bob Brown said in Toowoomba today.

‘It is clear Labor understands it lost votes everywhere by sitting on the fence with Adani. It is equally clear Labor would have contrived to give Adani the go-ahead had it won and, should the mine ever produce coal, will be backing it at the next election despite the environment being a Labor ‘core value‘. For Labor this is a case of ‘wrong way, go back!’ Brown said.

‘Had Bill Shorten taken a cue from Bob Hawke, who campaigned unequivocally against the Franklin dam in 1983, he could be Prime Minster today. Hawke lost all 5 Tasmanian seats but his decisive ‘no dams’ policy was a winner across the rest of the country. In 2019, with a decisive ‘no Adani mine’ stand, Shorten would have lost similarly in central Queensland but won more seats elsewhere in Australia,’ Brown sai

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Media Release: Tarkine defenders return to the trees as senators tour threatened forests

Peaceful occupation of the threatened takayna / Tarkine forests has resumed this morning, as community members continue to defend ancient forests on the Sumac Ridge.

Bob Brown Foundation is pleased to host Senators Nick McKim and Peter Whish-Wilson on a tour of the Sumac rainforest coupe SU055C in the takayna / Tarkine today.

The Senators will be shown the area threatened with logging, including giant rainforest trees destined for the woodchip mill.

"Imminently threatened by logging, these old growth forests contain some of the world's most ancient ecosystems. Venerable myrtles, giant eucalypts and the endangered Tasmanian Devil are all part of this unique forest. It is a global treasure that the even Federal Minister, Greg Hunt, has said should be kept safe 'not just for decades but for generations and generations'. The Federal Government should step in and protect these forests as part of a wider Tarkine National Park," Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager, Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: Liberals’ jails will overflow - Brown

‘Scott Morrison’s bullying tactics against the majority of Australians who want action to end fossil fuel mining and forest destruction will fire greater peaceful public reaction,’ Bob Brown said in Melbourne today.

‘Marie Antoinette is said to have sniffed, ‘let them eat cake’. Morrison has, with equal triviality and inability to see the public’s distress, sniffed ‘don’t be scared, it won’t hurt you: it’s coal!’

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Media Release: Forestry spin can't hide continuing losses.

Despite the spin doctors at Sustainable Timbers Tasmania claiming $34.9 million on-book profit, the detail of the 2018/19 Annual Report shows that the government business enterprise has run at a loss of over $33.4 million.

Actual native of logging operations again made a loss ($15.5 million), with revenues from logging of $150.3 million against a cost of logging of $165.8 million.

The reported on-book profit is underwritten by:

Direct State Government grants have increased to 21.9 million (up 35%).
Rollover unspent funds from the torn-up Tasmanian Forest Agreement account for another $3 million.
A $43.3 million paper income from revaluation of the 'biological assets' (the trees).

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