Premier must halt Takayna logging on the Arthur River

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This morning protests continue in Tasmania’s north west over a controversial logging site on the Arthur River. Citizens have protested on the access road to the logging calling for urgent intervention by Premier Rockliff to save the forests.

Bob Brown Foundation has released new images of current logging in remote Takayna / Tarkine that illustrates the rivers edge destruction of wildlife rich forests of Takayna, at the junction of the Arthur and Frankland rivers.

“While confronting, this horrific image only strengthens our resolve to defend this forest. Forests on the junction of the Arthur and Frankland rivers are famous for tourists who take tour boats up river to see the white bellied sea eagles that are known to nest within 1km of the logging. Logging here is an environmental tragedy,” said Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaigns Manager.

“Police have arrived yet again at the protest to usher in the forest destroyers. This wildlife refuge on the Arthur river can be the one forest that Premier Rockliff listens to the global warnings about global heating and the extinction crisis and stop the destruction,” said Jenny Weber.

Visiting from Adelaide, forest defender Dharma has attached herself to the gate this morning that locks up 20 km of public land for logging destruction to occur away from public scrutiny.

“Ending native forest logging is long overdue across the planet. I can’t understand the inconceivable greed and I’m no longer trying to. What I’m doing with millions of others across the world is standing up to that kind of greed, and saying “STOP”. And I’ll do this until the day I die. I am so wholly committed to protecting this planet that sustains all life, and that includes the extraordinary and unique Takayna forests,” said Dharma, arrested this morning for taking action for Earth.

“In the past days, Forestry Tasmania has started clearfelling these precious riverside forests and citizens are rising up to defend it. It’s crucial to protect forests like these that are homes for rare and endangered species like the Masked owls, Azure kingfishers, eagles, quolls and Tasmanian devils. They are all found in these forests,” said Jenny Weber.

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