Sumac Blockade closed due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, and following the advice of public health authorities, we have made several changes to the way our Foundation operates, to protect the health of our staff, volunteers and the wider community.

From Monday 16th March, our Hobart office will be closed until further notice. It will reopen as soon as public health authorities advise that it is safe to do so, which is likely to be several months at least.

The Foundation can be contacted by email at contact@bobbrown.org.au or by calling 03 6294 0620.

Our staff will continue working remotely, and thanks to modern digital communications, our campaign work will continue, turning to innovative ways to defend the natural world, while keeping people engaged, hopeful and, above all, safe.

We have cancelled our annual arts event, Tarkine in Motion, which was scheduled for the Easter weekend. Depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic develops, we will consider holding it later in the year and will advise everyone as soon as we have more news about this.

Finally, we have suspended our Forest Defenders’ Camp in takayna / Tarkine’s Sumac forest, in line with public health advice and to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and the community.

Despite these temporary disruptions, we want to reassure all our supporters that our campaigns will continue, as strong and defiant as ever.

This is a time of great turmoil, hardship and sadness, as hundreds of millions of people struggle with this pandemic and the economic and social maelstrom swirling around it. This reality will inform every campaign decision and action we take in coming months.

Hope for the future of the natural world, of which humans are a part, has never been more important. So we will continue to take Action for Earth, with compassion for our fellow humans and care for this living planet which sustains us all.

Stay safe, with hope for the future.


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  • Babette Fahey
    commented 2020-03-30 20:41:04 +1100
    i can imagine this was a tough decision. and it would be such a beautiful place to self-isolate. but, safety comes first! let’s just cross our fingers that the loggers are having a hiatus, too. thanks for all your wonderful work in keeping our flora & fauna & planet & people safe. 🙏🏻🥰🙏🏻