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Great Tasmanians

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Friday, 16 May 2014

Tags: Environment, Music

The Tasmanian Greens today paid tribute to Tasmanian conservation icon and music maker Jessie Luckman, who has died after a very big life at the age of 104.

“Jessie Luckman was a delightful human being and a true trailblazer for the protection and conservation of Tasmania’s magnificent wild places,” said Greens Environment and Parks spokesperson, Nick McKim MP

“All of us who love Tasmania’s wild places owe a debt of gratitude to the late, great Jessie Luckman.  Her legacy lives on in the wilderness she loved,” Mr McKim said.

“An avid bushwalker, Jessie campaigned fiercely and with great dignity against the ravages of industrial forestry and for the Mount Field National Park, in Tasmania’s first major environmental campaign in the 1940s.”  

“She was also instrumental in establishing the Tasmanian Flora and Fauna Conservation Committee, the first in a long and proud list of Tasmanian environment groups, and played active roles in the campaigns to save Lake Pedder and the Franklin River.”

“Jessie was also a founding member of the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.  She had the heart of a true Tasmanian and a passionate activist for our wild places.”

Jessie Luckman was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1997 for her services to the community, and she was inducted onto the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women in 2011 by Greens Minister for Community Development Cassy O’Çonnor MP.