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The Terania rainforest logging protests preceded the famous Franklin River protests in Tasmania. Photo supplied

Trevor Reece

With the 40th anniversary of the historic 1979 Terania rainforest logging protests soon to be celebrated, a project is being launched to commemorate the historic event.

The Terania and Mount Nardi protests resulted in the creation of Nightcap National Park, and hence the naming of the beautiful Protesters Falls within the park. 

The protests changed the environmental and forest protection Australian landscape and preceded the famous Tasmanian Franklin River protests.

The Brunswick Valley Historical Society, the Mullumbimby Museum and Southern Cross University have all put their support behind the Nightcap Monuments Project. 

Many community groups have also indicated support for the project and the legacy created by these historic environmental protection actions.

The Nightcap Monuments Project is aiming to raise funds for some permanent regional monuments to the historic environmental protests and their environmental legacy.

In the coming months, regional sculpture artists will be invited to engage with the project. The project also seeks to gather and consolidate much of the fragmented historical information, surviving images and data surrounding the historic protest period.

At the time of the protests, many people travelled from the Mullumbimby region to support the protests.

Today, a number of the protest campaign veterans have also settled in the Mullumbimby region.

During the Saturday market in March, the Museum and the Monuments Project will have a special gazebo tent with a photographic poster display of scenes from the protest days.

Meeting Feb 22

For those interested in assisting or possibly supporting the project in some way there is an open public project meeting on Thursday February 22 from 5pm at the Museum and Historical Society buildings in Mullumbimby.

Simply come along and catch up on the latest with the project and hear how you might be able to assist.

If you cannot make the February public meeting, inquire about the project at the Museum or the display on the Mullumbimby Saturday market days or during the Friday Museum opening hours.

The project also welcomes corporate and philanthropic support and can offer tax deductibility on donations.

♦ Trevor Reece is the project co-ordinator.

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  1. Very sad for Australia – that it took some Loving Protesters to gain the Nightcap National Park!

    Shame on the Australian government {both Federal and State} – that National Parks and Natural Environment should be places to destroy!!!

    Feral animal shooting in a National Park????

    Logging in a National Park????

    Loss of Koala Habitat national wide????

    Yup – governments not feeling anything. Eyes full of dollar dazzle.

  2. A life changing experience. When u see wrong and feel it deeply, u have no choice. For many years I could not think about my experience without a strong emotional out burst in my being. We did what our hearts and spirits told and lead us to do. May many continue to do and feel the same as many have throughout history. We are connected. It’s not “I” it is us.

  3. A worthy project. Does anyone know who took that photo included in the above article, with Lisa Yates leading protestors? Is that from Mt Nardi?

  4. That photo is of the Terania Creek protest action, I know as I was there and I see protesters in this photo who were not at Mt. Nardi.

    I do see the intention to have a monument for memory of this historic event to be of profound significance. It was the beginning of members of the public taking personal responsibility by way of direct action physically on the ground for the care and management of our national natural heritage, Today more than ever, we all need to be aware just how important it is to remember that a few people doing the research to get at the facts and then acting boldly to face up to the powers that be, has in fact overtured government policy and resulted in great benefit for the Australian people.


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