Following the defeat of state government’s bill to log forests in the Tarkine, Bruny Island and other high conservation value forests across Tasmania, Labor has the opportunity to commit to permanently protecting these forests, paving a new way forward for Tasmania and offering very real benefits for the climate, economy and environment.
The Tasmanian Government’s logging agenda to destroy 356 000 hectares of high conservation value forests across Tasmania would have allowed logging in forests including rainforests in the Tarkine, critically endangered Swift Parrot habitat on Bruny Island and Wielangta forests.
“It is a temporary relief that high conservation value forests in Tasmania’s Tarkine, Bruny Island, Wielangta and many other places across the state have received a stay of execution. These critical wildlife habitats and carbon-rich forests are temporarily off-limits to the loggers, despite a relentless push by the state government to destroy them,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.
“A positive way forward for Tasmania is protecting the globally unique native forests, as the world’s forests are more threatened than ever and urgent action is required to halt and reverse this trend.
Tasmania can be a leader in climate action, wildlife and forest protection while securing a more prosperous economy with a swift transition out of loss-making native forest logging. The current government has proven they will not lead Tasmania in this positive direction and with an election looming will Labor lead Tasmania forward and provide secure protection for forests, wildlife, the economy and take real action on climate,” Jenny Weber said.
“These 365 000 hectares of unique forests in the Tarkine, Wielangta, Bruny Island and elsewhere are not securely protected with the defeat of this bill today. While this is a just reprieve, it does offer the chance to find a new way forward for permanent forest, climate and wildlife protection in Tasmania,” Jenny Weber said.
Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber