History

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.

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Founding Year:

1976

Ended:

Still active

Type of Group:

Society

Primary Focus:

Conservation

Geographic Sphere:

National

Primary Location:

Australia

Australia