takayna Trail to go ahead as Tasmanian forestry agency backs down

Photo: Kelly Slater

A directions hearing concerning Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna Trail ultramarathon was held yesterday morning in Hobart’s Supreme court.

“Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s (STT) told the court that Bob Brown Foundation does not need STT’s consent to run the takayna Trail and that a permit is not required. In other words, they cannot and will not prevent the event from proceeding,”  Bob Brown Foundation’s CEO Steven Chaffer said.

“Now that STT have confirmed that a permit is not required from them, this removes the final hurdle for National Parks and Wildlife Service issuing their permit for the event to go ahead on 20 March,”  Steven Chaffer said

“Our Foundation is leading the campaign to have takayna / Tarkine protected as a World Heritage listed National Park and returned to Aboriginal ownership.  takayna Trail is an annual event in one of the last wild places on Earth that brings visitors to the region, boosts the economy and showcase an alternative to destroying the Tarkine with logging and mining.  We look forward to a successful 2021 takayna Trail with 130 people running for this wild place,”  Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

The case has been set for a further hearing on Thursday 4 March at 2:15 pm for BBF’s application for an injunction.