Media Release: Forest defenders occupy Tasmanian Government logging agency offices

This morning, in the Hobart headquarters of Sus Timber Tasmania, forest defenders are protesting about the ongoing logging of native forests in this age of climate emergency and national crisis.

Tasmania's new Premier, Peter Gutwein, says the government must ‘do more’ on climate change. Gutwein should end native forest logging as a first step towards his promise.

“Tasmania’s vast tract of native forests has just become even more important, as the nation has witnessed enormous loss of forests and wildlife in bushfires.  We are at a critical time in history when Australia needs to do more towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions and wildlife protection,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

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Media Release: Will Hodgman and Tasmania’s beleaguered environment.

Former senator and environmentalist Bob Brown says Will Hodgman leaves a legacy of degrading Tasmania’s world-famous wilderness by handing it over to private developers.

‘I wish him well in whatever career he has ahead. But my clearest memory of his premiership is being wrongly arrested at the Lapoinya Forest under his anti-environmental laws before the High Court ruled he had breached the Australian Constitution. Now his swansong laws to have peaceful environmentalists jailed for 4 years have passed the House of Assembly.’

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Media Release: Siemens apes Adani in trampling aboriginal rights.

Siemen’s German boss, Joe Kaeser, has aped Gautam Adani with his false, unqualified, assertion that the Wangan And Jagalingou people want Adani’s vast coal mine and river diversion on their country, former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said today.

“W&J Family Council leader Adrian Burragubba has consistently opposed Adani. In return, Indian billionaire Adani has got a temporary injunction to restrain these W&J Traditional Owners from returning to their ancestral lands. It is outrageous behaviour in Australia, and by Siemens, in 2020.

“That Kaeser knuckled under to Adani and the Morrison government, with a closed door to indigenous and environmental leaders, makes Siemens equally culpable in promoting this vast planet-heating coal project,” Brown said.

 

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Media Release: Bob Brown Foundation expands forest defence into new Tarkine forests

Following reports of pre-logging road works in the Que River area of takayna / Tarkine, activists have intervened and established a tree sit in defence of ancient rainforests that are vital to addressing climate change.

The action builds on Bob Brown Foundation’s frontline actions in defence of the Frankland River, Rapid River and Sumac Ridge rainforests in takayna / Tarkine.

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Media Release: Government’s deer dereliction

‘Premier Hodgman is derelict in running a policy to redesign public nature reserves as outdoor shooting parlours while having no policy on the rapid spread of the destructive feral animals in Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness,’ Bob Brown said today.

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Media Release: Adani Protest will shadow Morrison.

Environmentalist Bob Brown has postponed a new protest against Gautam Adani’s coal mine in Queensland after Prime Minister Morrison postponed his official trip to India.

“We will reschedule for the Morrison flight to India in the coming months when the PM will be catching up with Adani and Indian PM Modi,” Brown said.

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Media Release: Bob Brown to return to Adani mine in New Decade resolution.

Former Greens leader and environmentalist Bob Brown, who led this year’s Stop Adani Convoy, will begin the New Year and Decade with an Earth Celebration hour at the Cygnet Folk Festival in southern Tasmania on 12 January and a return trip to the Galilee Basin in central Queensland to join in defence of the planet’s climate and species.

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Media Release: Banquet in the Tarkine highlights the ongoing plight of Tasmanian threatened species

Today on Sumac Ridge in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine, in an ancient area of old-growth forest earmarked for logging, conservationists from Bob Brown Foundation staged a ‘Threatened Species Banquet’. The activists want to draw attention to the fact that, even at Christmas time, there is no reprieve for the myriad animals, plants and other species that rely on old-growth forests to provide them with food and shelter.

The activists have dressed up as prominent players in the Tasmanian logging industry, including Peter Gutwein, Tasmanian Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage; Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia; Sussan Ley, Federal Minister for the Environment; Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania; Guy Barnett, Liberal Party member and long-time supporter of old-growth logging; and Steve Whiteley, CEO of Sustainable Timbers Tasmania.

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Media Release: Tarkine camp enters 10th week as forest defenders prepare to spend the holiday period in threatened forests

A protest camp in the takayna / Tarkine forests continues into the holiday period after ten weeks and two arrests.

"Forest defenders continue to hold firm in the Sumac forests of the spectacular takayna / Tarkine wilderness. While facing threats of arrests, wild weather and camping in this remote region, the protesters‘ spirits are as strong as ever," said Bob Brown Foundation's Scott Jordan.

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Media Release: Venture's feather-slap fine make a mockery of EPBC Act.

A fine handed to Venture Minerals following compliance failures has been condemned as both inadequate and ineffective by Bob Brown Foundation.

"Venture has been caught red-handed, wilfully failing to meet conditions of its approval, including a requirement to pay compensation of $144,000 to the Save the Devil Fund for unavoidable impacts of the mining operation on the endangered Tasmanian Devil", said takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

"The laughable fine of just $25,200 would barely cover the interest on the defaulted funds and provides no deterrent to the company for failing to comply with such conditions in the future".

"The public deserves to know that when a project is approved with a set of approval conditions that they cannot simply disregard those conditions. This small fine makes a mockery of the EPBC Act."

While the Department found Venture to have breached the permit conditions that required it to alert the Department when it commenced mining and pay funds to the Save the Devil Fund, Venture Minerals told the Department in at least five annual reports that it was complying with those conditions or that they were “not applicable.”

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