Tasmanian conservationists join national action for forests

Today a group of conservationists have gathered at the Hobart port, where a ship is currently loading native forest veneer for export overseas.

Holding a banner calling for an end to native forest destruction, the group are standing in solidarity with conservationists from New South Wales and Victoria who are today halting the loading of a woodchip ship in Eden.

“From the veneer ships in Tasmania to the woodchip ships exporting the forests of New South Wales and Victoria, conservationists are today taking a stand against the chain of forest destruction” said Miranda Gibson, spokesperson for Still Wild Still Threatened.

In Eden (New South Wales) two people are risking arrest, locking themselves to the woodchip conveyor in order to stop loading of the woodchip vessel. This action is part of Fearless Summer, a national collaboration between grassroots forest groups from around Australia.

“The destruction of our forests is a national shame. To add insult to injury, our biodiverse native forests are being destroyed at a loss to Australian taxpayers, while being shipped offshore by international companies like Ta Ann and Nippon Paper” said Ms Gibson.

"Every day our precious forests are being lost, and our wildlife pushed closer to extinction, while the taxpayer foots the bill. The forestry industry has proven itself time and again to have blatant disregard for the environment and its own regulations. What we are seeing is an extinction crisis in the making, happening across Australia, and the fearless actions of these conservationists to confront this shows great courage" said David Caldwell of Goongerah Environment Centre.

When: Today from 10:30am

Where: Hobart Wharf


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