Bob Brown Foundation is sending an urgent plea to the Federal Environment Minister to protect takayna / Tarkine’s endangered Tasmanian Devils from a looming strip mine.
Riley Creek sits in the southern end of the Tarkine. It is part of a wild and ancient landscape, and home abundant wildlife including the endangered Tasmanian devil and Spotted tailed quoll.
After a prolonged fight, prospective miner Venture Minerals shelved it’s destructive plans to strip mine at Riley Creek in 2014, despite having gained EPBC approval in 2013. It was cause for celebration.
But right now Venture Minerals are manoeuvring to commence this two year, grab-it-and-run, destructive strip mining project. They say they have the cash, a customer, and the all of the approvals needed.
However there is one hurdle left.
In 2013 the horrific Devil Facial Tumour Disease had not reached Riley Creek. This always fatal disease has decimated populations in affected areas, and in the absence of a cure, management of habitat loss and road kill are vital in ensuring uninfected Devils have a fighting chance.
In approving the mine, the then Minister for the Environment made it clear that a key factor in his decision was the absence of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease in the Riley Creek area. He went on to include a condition that should the mine not proceed within five years, that additional permission must be granted before the mine should commence.
In doing so he gave future Ministers the legal power to deny commencement of the project if the Devil Facial Tumour Disease impacted on the Riley Creek area.
The Devil Facial Tumour Disease front reached and passed Riley Creek in 2015.
Minister Sussan Ley now holds the fate of the Riley Creek Devils in her hands.
Help us tell her to stop this MisadVenture.
I’m currently 25m up in a giant Eucalyptus obliqua at the blockade camp occupying a particularly special patch of forest off Sumac road in takayna / Tarkine. I’ve spent a few nights in the tree-sit and the weather has been nice; sunny with a slight breeze but the wind is picking up now. It’s expected to rain over the next few days and I’m hoping the fly keeps me dry.
Bob Brown Foundation has re-established our Sumac blockade. The proposed logging road into the ancient Sumac rainforests is back on the government’s logging plans this coming spring / summer.
Our blockade last season prevented the logging destruction of the ancient rainforests after we peacefully occupied the threatened forests from September 2018 to June 2019.
Located south-west of the popular and iconic Sumac Lookout overlooking the Arthur River. This very old Myrtle and Eucalyptus forest is an integral part of the Sumac catchment forest ecosystem, extending southward into core rainforest of the Tarkine and are habitat for the endangered Tasmanian Devil. If logged the timber from these ancient forests will supply the controversial Malaysian timber company Ta Ann and the majority will be woodchipped.
Proposed logging of these ancient forests can be halted. We are calling on all federal and state political leaders, including Premier Hodgman and Opposition Leader Rebecca White, to commit to permanent protection of takayna / Tarkine in a National Park, listed for its World Heritage values and returned to Aboriginal ownership.
While we wait for political leadership, we will occupy these forests in a peaceful vigil aiming to prevent their loss to logging.
You can visit the camp and stay with us on the frontline as a Tarkine Defender, please email our Campaign Manager Jenny, firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in joining or supporting this frontline campaign.
Our campaign continues with a tree-sitter is 25m up an ancient eucalyptus tree while police bust our Sumac blockade.
Premier Will Hodgman has failed the climate, wildlife, & Tasmania’s economy today again.
We remain committed to defending takayna / Tarkine forests from logging.
Bob Brown direct from takayna / Tarkine frontline. Arrested treesitter Josh Nichols is a braveheart for Earth, he has sat firm against needless destruction in an age of climate emergency & extinction crisis.
Logging this cathedral-like rainforest right next to the Tarkine Tourist Drive makes no sense economically, environmentally or if we are concerned about jobs. It’s a jobs killer in this age of Tasmania’s fortunes being tied to its clean green image.
Lisa continues to occupy the canopy today, protecting this ancient forest from the bulldozers.
Here are some direct messages from Lisa:
Conservationists have returned to establish a blockade in a remote Tarkine rainforest as logging looms in the wildlife rich forest. A peaceful occupation was established over the weekend to protest a proposed new logging road.
“These forests have been threatened by a new logging road for the past three years and our Foundation’s peaceful protest has saved them from destruction. However, the logging threat is once again looming this spring/summer,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Scott Jordan said.Read more
Read the full media release on our website here: https://www.bobbrown.org.au/mr_220819
Read the full media release on our website here: https://www.bobbrown.org.au/mr_040719
Submission to SCS Global regarding Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s application for Forest Stewardship Council forest management certification
Forest Stewardship Council auditors came to Tasmania recently to assess ‘Sustainable’ Timbers Tasmania for certification. Forest advocate Ed Hill and botanist Nick Fitzgerald worked with us to ensure the logging of old growth forests, destruction of Swift Parrot nests and failure to reach a standard fit to be certified was presented to the auditors.
Click on the images below to access the preliminary submission and the final submission.
I arrive in takayna / Tarkine. The Sumac defenders camp has now been in place for 165 days, blockading a proposed road in the heart of this ancient forest. I am greeted by Rose. Rose who is from England has returned to the Tarkine to help, Rose was part of the first defenders camp at the Frankland river. Gareth who is from Wales and travelling around Tassie has come to spend couple days at camp, he is gathering firewood and cooking dinner, vegie kebabs on the fire.