Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


‘Thousands March for takayna / Tarkine in Hobart’

Pic: Ted Mead

Pic of Bob Brown speaking: Matthew Newton

Pic of Essie Davis speaking: Kelly Slater

Pic: Matthew Newton

Pic: Matthew Newton

A successful March for takayna / Tarkine was held in Hobart, Tasmania today, with more than 1000 people rallying.

Speakers at the event included Bob Brown, Australian Actor Essie Davis, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Theresa Sainty, The Crayfish Man Todd Walsh and Tasmanian Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor.

Bob Brown Foundation, organisers of today’s March for takayna / Tarkine have ramped up the campaign to defend takayna / Tarkine in the lead up to the Tasmanian election.

“Tasmania will be let down by Premier Hodgman and Labor leader Rebecca White’s commitments to continue to destroy takayna/Tarkine. They want to continue logging and mining rainforests and endangered species habitat and destroying the national heritage-listed Aboriginal cultural landscape on its remote coastline by allowing off-road vehicles.

“It is an international shame that Tasmania’s unique and breathtaking takayna/Tarkine remains unprotected. This globally significant wild place is deserving of world heritage listing, National Park protection and should be returned to Aboriginal ownership.

“Tasmania’s north west economy will greatly benefit from this protection and protecting this wildlife-rich ancient landscape with the cleanest air in the world is a necessary action as we face climate change,” Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager said today.

“On Monday next week, if Hodgman wins, the logging, mining and off-road vehicle invasion of the Tarkine will be racked up and the privatisation of all Tasmania’s National parks, from Cradle to Maria Island, will be truly ugly,” Bob Brown said today.

“The Tarkine needs to be protected,” Australian Actor, Essie Davis said when she spoke at today’s event.

“My people have lived and travelled within the landscape of takayna for thousands of generations. The evidence is there – in the many family / living places where we see the remains of feasts of the past; in the hut depressions; the walking tracks; markings made in rock by generations past.

“I ask Will Hodgman, how much more will you take? Haven’t we lost enough? Enough is enough, we must keep takayna wild and free, protect her wildlife, her plant life and keep those damn off-road vehicle tracks on the Western Tasmanian Aboriginal Cultural Landscape closed,” Theresa Sainty, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.

“Why do I bag government and forestry so much, I’m glad you asked,” Todd Walsh, The Crayfish Man said. Todd Walsh is the world leading expert on the giant freshwater crayfish, the largest freshwater invertebrate in the world.

The species lives only in northern Tasmania in a small number of rivers, including the Arthur River catchment in takayna / Tarkine and its habitat in takayna / Tarkine is imminently threatened by logging.

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  1. Robin Charles Halton

    February 28, 2018 at 9:43 am

    The Greens are calling for a Climate Change Minister! Isnt it too late!

  2. Ted Mead

    February 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    # 12 … All the more reason to protect the remaining !!!!

  3. Stu

    February 27, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Of all the forest available for logging in the Tarkine, about 90% has already been logged.

  4. Todd walsh

    February 26, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I suspect Robin and MjF are hoping for new keyboards for Christmas, khaki or camo colors preferred.

  5. spikey

    February 26, 2018 at 11:27 am

    #5 … Robby gets his nose out of joint easily these days knowing that his favorite corporate brown-nosing antics with his Liberal partners is now rapidly sliding towards global warming and oblivion!

    Its all about a balanced environment, lifestyle and economy; a bit of this and a bit of that, definitely not a one eyed view of the State “to flog the lot at a loss” and bugger everything else.
    Most voters are sick and tired of being constantly bashed with Federal/Tassal/Forestry – sorry … I mean demeaning Liberal propaganda.

    The potential Liberal vote is for corporate interests over the welfare of voters. Naturally that’s not the sales pitch because despite appearances, notably of their online cheer squads, they’re not all that stupid.

    Hey Robbie
    Mouthpiece for corporate fascism over democracy
    You just got Burned baby, Burnt

  6. Ted Mead

    February 26, 2018 at 10:34 am

    #8 … Actually I couldn’t give a rat’s if the Greens fade into the oblivion! After all they are just a political party, and they at some time will reach their use-by date.

    The important fact is that the people who want to protect our environment still remain and so they, through their commitment and passion, will find a means to do so.

    You must be worried about the prospect of Labor at the helm as it may revise the TFA and pursue the protection of the remaining High Conservation Forests.

    Even if the Libs do get back in they know they have no future markets for their forest destruction intentions, and conservationists will inevitably ramp up their energy into destroying the export markets.

    Either way, whatever eventuates on March 3 the logging of native forests is increasingly on the skids.

  7. Robin Charles Halton

    February 26, 2018 at 12:55 am

    #5 Teddy gets his nose out joint easily these days knowing that his favorite bum licking antics with his Green partners is now rapidly sliding towards oblivium!

    Its all about a balanced economy and lifestyle, a bit of this and a bit of that, definitely not a one eyed view of the State “to save the environment” and bugger everything else.
    Most voters are sick and tired of being constantly bashed with Greens slogans.

    The potential Green vote is not looking good for them and nor it should!

  8. john hayward

    February 26, 2018 at 12:03 am

    It baffles me that a party could win government on the offer of a logging industry that regularly loses tens of millions annually selling wood for which it pays nothing, while also fouling both air and water resources. Does it have anything to do with Tasmania’s chronically impoverished education system?

    To prove it is no transient brain snap, our LibLabs have also gifted our sheltered, invitation-only gambling industry with gratuities of the order of a quarter of a billion dollars in the next few decades.

    The notion that undisturbed forests are a greater economic burden than the chronic monetary haemorrhage of Tasmanian forestry, at a time when the costs of climate-change costs are multiplying, defies all concepts of sentience and integrity.

    John Hayward

  9. Ted Mead

    February 25, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    #4 … Jonboy you may be right in the present, but when all the mines have closed and the extraction industries have shut up shop also, I suspect there will be a massive rethink up there.

    Such sentiment prevailed around Strahan and Queenstown decades ago, and if they had have clung on to that insular ideology those places would have become ghost towns by now.

    Nothing stays the same forever!

  10. MjF

    February 25, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    #4 … Very poor form teddy wishing the esteemed map wielding Robin Charles Halton a rapid demise.

    He only called the greens arseholes. Lol.

    Perhaps the cap does fit ??

  11. Jonboy

    February 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    There is little or no local community support for Bob Brown’s proposed Tarkine National Park. The people of the Northwest are sick of being dictated to by a small minority of inner city extremists.

  12. Ted Mead

    February 25, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    #2 … Such vitriol speaks highly of your inner character and your contempt towards any progress in this world.

    It’s only a several years away that the remainder of our high conservation areas will be protected for posterity.

    By then you’ll be pushing up daisies, and for both these events neither will come soon enough!

  13. Robin Charles Halton

    February 25, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Another rather shallow display by the Greens of self imposed narrow minded stupidity for tying up more public land that Parks definitely dont want anything to do with.

    We are already overwhelmed with too many Reserves after the last Labor governments attempt to derail native forestry.

    I suspect the Green vote will fall away at this election, as their is no solid evidence of any use for a party that is barely holding onto fringe dwelling issues.

    A mainstream government, who ever is elected needs to concentrate on health, education and infrastructure bearing in mind the economy which has bounced in favor of new found tourism opportunities but of cause remains as seasonal given our cool temperate climate then most seek the warmer northern states.

    Its a pointless exercise to overload Parks with more Reserves, the Greens are well known for passing problems onto someone else by already creating more problems with no end solutions.

    Let it burn if thats the case, then someone might eventually wake up to themselves but after its too late, arseholes!

  14. Ted Mead

    February 25, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Great turn up, with wonderful people, articulate speeches with compelling messages.

    Take note Will – we will never give up on protecting what you should do if you had any credibility as a leader!

    I was surprised to see very little anti-environmentalists there. It seems like the powers to be are more focused on other issues.

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