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Forever Wild in South Melbourne

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It was with great pleasure that the Wilderness Society and the Victorian Forever Wild members made their first visit to the South Melbourne Commons for an afternoon of informative talks and delicious home-baked treats.

It was with great pleasure that the Wilderness Society and the Victorian Forever Wild members made their first visit to the South Melbourne Commons for an afternoon of informative talks and delicious home-baked treats.

Established by Friends of the Earth with the support of the Parish of St Peter and St Paul, the South Melbourne Commons is a fabulous space designed to connect communities, with sustainability and sharing at the heart of everything they do.

Our first presenter was the Wilderness Society's Director, Lyndon Schneiders, who gave an overview  of the important work that the organisation has been doing over the past year to reform our campaigns focus. Lyndon also filled us in on the support the community in Broome has been receiving in their fight to oppose the proposed gas hub at James Price Point.

As the nationwide opposition to this proposed project grows, the odds of this development gaining approval are starting to balloon. As we've recently witnessed with the failed Gunns' pulp mill in Tasmania, financial backing and legislative approval is sometimes not enough. If environmental implications are present and the collective voice of a community and nation is too strong, often it's simply not worth the risk for the investors.

Next we had Liz Johnstone and Richard Hughes delivering a project on the proposed mining ventures in the Tarkine region of Tasmania. After a phenomenal visual presentation showcasing the natural wonders of an area with the cleanest air in the world, Liz talked the audience through the ten immediately proposed Pilbara-style open cut mines.

It is clear that the rush to mine the Tarkine is based on the economic imperatives of commodity prices. As the shifts in iron ore prices this year have shown, it is impossible to predict the shifts in these prices over 6 months, let alone the 18 months these companies want to have these mines up and running in. These projects are being pushed through with the worst kind of short-term thinking the Wilderness Society has seen for a very long time. Stopping these mines is the only option.

Our Forever Wild members have been invited to become more involved in the Tarkine campaign and we hope to organise a trip there soon. In the meantime, we look forward to visiting Toolangi Forest again soon.

For more information about our Forever Wild Bequest program please contact Rayna Fahey
on (03) 9038 0822 or email bequests@wilderness.org.au

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