72-years-old Gaby Jung is about to set off on an epic cycle trip across Tasmania, from South Hobart to takayna / Tarkine, in support of our campaign to protect takayna / Tarkine as a World Heritage listed National Park. Gaby Jung is normally to be found tending her highly productive veggie garden in South Hobart. But this Saturday she will set off on her electric tricycle to ride from Hobart to takayna / Tarkine, for this awareness-raising trip. A keen rider, she has been in training for months, overcoming a bout of illness in the final stages.
Gaby will be dressed as a giant Tasmanian Freshwater Crayfish. Along the way, she plans to visit community centres, hold information stalls in town squares and visit local primary schools to talk with students about her journey, the plight of the Giant Freshwater Crayfish and the incredible plants and animals of the Gondwanan forests of takayna / Tarkine.
“I am making this journey because I care deeply about the plight of takayna / Tarkine, threatened by logging and mining. I want to ensure community members, and particularly young Tasmanians, learn about this magnificent wild place, the threats it faces, and the role we can all play in saving it for the future,” Gaby Jung said.
Bob Brown Foundation will host a small send off for Gaby on her Ride for takayna / Tarkine tomorrow morning at 9.15am, Saturday 10th November outside Mawson’s Pavilion, Argyle St on Hobart’s waterfront. The Foundation will also make daily posts to social media about Gaby’s ride for takayna.
Over the next two weeks, her 540 km route will take Gaby through Orford, Triabunna, Swansea, up to Cressy, Bracknell and Deloraine and then up through the North West to Devonport, Ulverstone and Burnie. Her trip will finish on Friday 23rd November at the Bob Brown Foundation’s annual BioBlitz citizen science weekend in the Tarkine. A base camp for this event is just south of Smithton.
“Gaby is a fascinating, warm and friendly character, with a lifetime of stories to share. And no doubt she will have some new local tales to tell, gathered as she rides her electric tricycle along Tasmania’s country roads. It is the significant efforts of thoughtful people like Gaby Jung and her ride for takayna that help reach the ultimate success of protection for takayna / Tarkine,” Bob Brown Foundation, Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
Gaby will have a support driver and a photographer / film maker accompanying her. Our supporters across Tasmania are hosting dinners, morning and afternoon teas with Gaby.
Jenny Weber is Campaigns Director, the Bob Brown Foundation