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Stop logging in takayna (Tarkine)

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

I recently went to Tasmania and visited the camp, set up by the Bob Brown Foundation to protect ancient takayna forests from logging. I experienced the deep peace that emanates in this primeordial landscape and I saw the majestic old trees towering above me that are marked for annihilation by the ironically named Sustainable Timber Tasmania (perhaps they should be called Suss Timber!). Not only the old trees but everything in this coop is set for complete and utter destruction: the ferns, beeches, myrtles, sassafrases, mosses, liverworts and lichens – all will be gone. And what is to become of the 200+ species of animals that live here, including the endangered Tasmanian subspecies of the Masked Owl? takayna provides habitat for over 60 rare, threatened and endangered species of flora and fauna.

I am taking part in an exhibition organised by the Bob Brown Foundation, ‘Frontlines: takayna to Adani’ to help raise much needed funds to defend our beautiful ancient forests.

Deirdre Boeyen-Carmichael, 'Wrongful Eviction', 2020, oil on canvas.

The exhibition is a "celebration of climate activism and protest across Australia; an exhibition that honours the ecologically valuable wild places and wildlife that are currently under threat of destruction, and the dedicated activism that is taking place to defend climate and Planet Earth." Bob Brown Foundation

The exhibition will be opened by the amazing Bob Brown and Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager for Bob Brown Foundation.

WHEN January 31, 2020 at 6pm

WHERE Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.

I salute the brave activists who are fighting on the frontline to defend our forests – camping on site and living in tree houses to guard the takayna. It is so important that we save the wilderness areas that we have left.


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