Saving Tasmania’s environment

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Review by Susan Austin in Australia:

Lessons from the campaign that saved the Franklin

14 August 2008

The River Runs Free: Exploring & Defending Tasmania’s Wilderness
By Geoff Law
Viking, 2008
292 pages, $32.95

The victorious campaign to save the Franklin River in Tasmania’s south-west wilderness has gone down in history as one of the greatest environmental campaigns in Australia, and 25 years on it still serves to demonstrate the power of mass action to people young and old.

Geoff Law’s book The River Runs Free provides an exciting personal account of his involvement in this ground-breaking campaign.

As a young bushwalker growing up in Victoria, Law, who is now a prominent campaigner for the Wilderness Society in Tasmania, realised that “wilderness refreshed the human spirit”, but felt powerless to save the forests of the Victorian Alps from logging and development.

His similarly fatalistic attitude that the destruction of the Franklin River in Tasmania would be impossible to stop, was soon challenged by others, and he was drawn into the campaign.

Law describes media stunts, like floating a giant platypus on the Yarra river and parading sheep dressed like politicians on the lawns outside Parliament House in Hobart, along with national information tours by Bob Brown. Brown, now a Greens senator, helped to found the Tasmanian Wilderness Society and gave up his medical practice to focus on saving the Franklin after being one of the first people to successfully raft down it in 1976.

See also here. And here.

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    FOREST/CLIMATE ALERT! Final Push Needed to Stop Australia’s
    Tasmanian Ancient Forest Pulping for Throw-Away Paper

    By Ecological Internet’s Climate Ark,
    and Forest Protection Portal,
    August 30, 2008

    Gunns of Australia’s controversial plans to build a huge pulp
    mill to make disposable consumer items largely from
    clearfelling ancients forests is close to failing, let us
    together make a final decisive push to warn off potential
    investors and environmental approvals and achieve its
    permanent withdrawal

    Plans by Australian woodchip giant Gunns Ltd., to continue
    clearcutting of Tasmania’s ancient forests to feed a massive
    new paper pulp mill, appear to be near final collapse. Gunns
    is scrambling to raise the cash needed to build the AU$2
    billion pulp mill and to meet a looming federal government
    environmental approval deadline. Chief executive of Leighton
    Holdings, the proposed builder of the mill, has even stated
    the project is dead. Join us in supporting massive local
    protests, and calling upon Australia’s Federal Environment
    Minister Peter Garrett to not extend the environmental
    approval process, and for the several European pulp interests
    to steer clear of funding the project or risk years of protest
    and conflict. Let’s join together with local protests and
    ensure the Gunns pulp mill proposal is permanently withdrawn
    from consideration.




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