Bob Brown gifts his property


A historic property is gifted to Bush Heritage Australia.

Oura Oura

Bob Brown at 'Oura Oura', under the magnificent Drys Bluff.

Credit: Photo courtesy Bob Brown.

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On Sunday March 20, 2011, Senator Bob Brown handed over his iconic Tasmanian property to Bush Heritage Australia on their 20th Anniversary.

The Australian Greens Leader is also the founder of the environmental conservation organisation, created after Brown saved two blocks of Tasmanian forest destined for woodchipping by using his goldman Environmental Prize as a deposit. Today, Bush Heritage has purchased and protected almost one million hectares of high conservation land across Australia.

Brown has lived on the 14-hectare property 'Oura Oura' for 38 years. Located 47 kms south-west of Launceston, it borders the Central Plataeu World Heritage Area, and is suitable habitat for the Tasmanian devil (nationally endangered), the spotted-tail quoll (vulnerable in Tasmania), wedge-tailed eagle (endangered in Tasmania) and the grey goshawk (vulnerable in Tasmania). ‘Oura Oura’ is indigenous Australian for yellow-tail black cockatoo, one of the native birds found in the region.

Protected with a conservation covenant Bush Heritage will develop a comprehensive management plan for the property incorporating a flora and fauna survey and the eradication of any weeds and non-native species. The public are welcome to access 'Oura Oura' Reserve and the walking track up to Drys Bluff.

For more information on the gifting, see the Bush Heritage site here.