Brown donates bush home

Published 20 Mar 2011 


News reader: Greens leader, Bob Brown, has donated his bushland hideaway to a conservation group. The Liffey Valley property in northern Tasmania is considered the birth place of the state's conservation movement.

Reporter: Bob Brown bought this property in 1973. Over the years it's played host to many of the major figures in Tasmania's environmental movement.

Bob Brown: We had lots of meetings here, including under these trees, for the Franklin campaign, because it was central and people could come from all over Tasmania.

Reporter: The Wilderness Society, The Australian Greens and Bush Heritage Australia were all conceived on the 14 hectare property. Today senatore Brown donated the property to Bush Heritage Australia, an organisation which turns acquired bushland into protected reserves.

Doug Humann: Acquiring this property today will give a lot of people inspiration to support that ambition with the same sort of vision that Bob had really, when he created Bush Heritage here.

Reporter: The property borders Tasmania's Word Heritage Area and is home to a number of threatened species.

Doug Humann: There's peregrine falcons, there's wedge-tailed eagles, quolls, tasmanian devils, bandicoots, so the suite of tasmanian fauna is here.

Reporter: It's been named Oura Oura reserve after the indigenous word for black cockatoo, and will be open to the public.

Bob Brown: I'd love this place to be enjoyed by people not just 40 years from now but 400 years from now.

Reporter: Bush Heritage Australia's land holdings now total over a million hectares. Jessica Kidd, ABC News, Liffey Valley.

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