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Hands Off!! Rainforests

2006.0037.0003

Hands Off!! Rainforests

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Physical description

A gold coloured corduroy banner with machine appliqued fabric text showing "HANDS OFF!" in red fabric and "RAINFORESTS" in green fabric. An appliqued tree is sewn at each side of the text with a narrow multi-tone orange floral print border sewn at the left and right edge of the banner.

Statement of significance

The Cairns and Far North Queensland Environmental Centre Collection contains three objects. The first object is a possum suit, in three pieces, made of synthetic white fur for wear by a person. There are also two banners in the collection. The 14 metre banner reads "Save the Windsor Rainforests. Daintree-Windsor-The last tropical rainforest wilderness in Australia. Stop. Join Us." This banner is made from calico with painted lettering. The 3 metre banner reads "Hands Off! Rainforests." The lettering of this banner is sewn onto the corduroy backing.

This collection documents the methods of the conservationist movement in the 1980s to achieve World Heritage listing for the Far North Queensland Wet Tropics Rainforest. The campaign for preservation and listing of these rainforests first gained national attention in the early 1980s when protestors blockaded logging in the Mt Windsor Tablelands and building of the Daintree Road. The campaign continued through the 1980s with lobbying of state and federal governments and community awareness activities. The environment was a key point of difference between the Federal Government and Coalition opposition in the 1987 federal election, with the nomination for World Heritage listing a key part of Hawke's national environment policy. The rainforests were inscribed on the World Heritage List on 9 December 1988.

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