A lighter moment at the Terania blockade – hippies giving the cops a head massage.
A lighter moment at the Terania blockade – hippies giving the cops a head massage.

It was 30 years ago today...

In September 1979 a call went out at The Channon market for people to try to save the forest at Terania Creek from being logged. What resulted was the world's first direct action to save a rainforest and a little piece of history was written. The protests resulted in the creation of the Nightcap National Park and for Premier Neville Wran to push ahead with an agenda that would ultimately protect 900,000 hectares of native forests in NSW.

The fight to save Terania has become part of the local hippy folklore and many argue it was the birthplace of the modern environment movement in Australia.

To mark the 30th anniversary, that historic action will be remembered at The Channon market this Sunday.

Those who were there are encouraged to come to the chai tent from 2pm to share their stories, songs and photos.

When the sun goes down there will also be a screening of Jeni Kendell and Paul Tait's documentary Give Trees a Chance.

“We had been working for the ABC and came up here to drop out. We were asked to bring our camera down to Terania Creek and went for a day and stayed for four weeks,” Jeni told The Echo.

“Because we had contacts within the ABC we were able to send footage for the news every other night which went nationwide... Jill Wran saw it and said to Neville, 'you've got to stop this or someone will get killed.'”

The documentary is narrated by Jack Thompson and won a special AFI award for 'courageous film making'.

“It is a great record what we did and it no small achievement. We really were seen as the lowest of the low and that we could non-violently change society and now we've got this forest on the World Heritage list, it's a great achievement for the people.”


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