The Wilderness Society

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The Wilderness Society

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The new opposition leader, Bob Hawke, voiced his support for the Franklin River, securing his party a victory in the federal election.

A majority of everyday Australians had cast a vote for the environment.

The Tasmanian Premier mounted a High Court challenge. But in 1983, a final decision was handed down: “There shall be no dam on the Franklin River". This vital ecosystem would remain intact.

For 40 years, we’ve stood at the forefront of Australia’s most historic environmental victories. But our biggest challenges lie in front of us.

The Wilderness Society is powered by over 30,000 Australians from all walks of life. We work to support the living world that makes all life possible. (Including our own.)

Together, we're taking on transnational corporations, rogue operators, and the armies of lobbyists and politicians who defend them. From the corridors of Canberra to the streets of your town, we’re here to change the system.

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Type of group

Society

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity

National

Primary location

Australia

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GPO Box 716, Hobart TAS 7001, Australia

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Founding Year

1976

History of group

It all began in 1976 with a meeting of just 16 people in the home of Tasmanian GP Dr Bob Brown. The passionate campaign that emerged to save the Franklin River rocked the political orthodoxy and defined a generation.



​In total, 6,000 Australians registered to blockade construction of the Franklin dam, each willing to be arrested for the cause.

The new opposition leader, Bob Hawke, voiced his support for the Franklin River, securing his party a victory in the federal election.

A majority of everyday Australians had cast a vote for the environment.

The Tasmanian Premier mounted a High Court challenge. But in 1983, a final decision was handed down: “There shall be no dam on the Franklin River". This vital ecosystem would remain intact

To this day, our story of success continues.

Successes

In 2012, we negotiated protection for over 500,000 hectares of native Tasmanian forest.
In 2013, we helped protect the biodiversity and culture of the Kimberley from a gas export megahub.
In 2016, our independent spill modelling sealed BP’s exit from the pristine Great Australian Bight.
In 2018, we blew the lid off Queensland’s hidden deforestation crisis and improved the badly broken laws.

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