Monday 15 August 2011
This morning, 25 activists are unfurling a giant banner in a 72ha clearfell logging coupe in Tasmania’s south to protest retailer Harvey Norman’s continued sale of wood products sourced from native forests.
The banner, which states ‘No Harvey Norman No! Don’t buy forest destruction!’, is one of the largest banners ever unfurled in Australia, measuring 60 x 18 metres.
‘Harvey Norman continues to profit from the destruction of Australia’s spectacular native forests. Today, we are sending a very clear message from the decimated forest floor and unfurling this massive banner to show the Australian people where their furniture is coming from’ said Ula Majewski, spokesperson for The Last Stand.
Recently, Harvey Norman has been the focus of numerous campaign activities by different groups around Australia. A viral video parodying a Harvey Norman ad, which was released by Markets for Change and GetUp!, has received 100,000+ hits on YouTube.
Peaceful actions in Harvey Norman stores have been happening all across the country over the last few weeks, including Melbourne, Sydney, Nowra, Hobart and Launceston.
‘This charred scene of forest devastation here in Southern Tasmania stands as a stark symbol of the industrial scale logging operations that are ripping apart Australia’s native forests every single day. Harvey Norman needs to stand up, show some genuine environmental leadership and stop selling native forest products to the Australian people’ said Ms Majewski.
The Last Stand will hold a press conference at 2pm at Parliament Lawns Hobart.
High quality aerial and ground vision and stills will be available.
For comment, contact:
- Ula Majewski 0413 732 946 (Ula will be onsite at the action until 10:30, in Hobart after midday)
- Nicola Paris 0422 990 040