Media Release: Tree top cheer as Santa Claus visits The Observer Tree
Forest conservationist Miranda Gibson was overjoyed this morning by a surprise visit from Santa Claus to her tree-top platform in Tasmanian’s southern forests. Today is Ms Gibson’s tenth day in The Observer Tree, where she is remaining to watch over the forest around her which remains under threat from logging. Mr Claus brought gifts and messages of support from the community. They shared a picnic lunch complete with Mrs Claus’s homemade plum pudding.
“Today’s visit from Santa was a great surprise” said Ms Gibson. “I have made a commitment to stay up in this tree to watch over this forest and to hold Julia Gillard accountable to the promise she made to protect this area. However, it is hard to be away from my family and friends at Christmas. It’s nice to know that Santa has paid me a special visit to wish me luck with the campaign.”
“I have asked Santa for a special gift this year – the protection of Tasmania’s ancient forests as was promised by Julia Gillard earlier this year. He said that although he can’t promise anything, he will try his best” said Ms Gibson.
“I have travelled all around the globe and these forests here in Tasmania are world-class. I am very disappointed in Julia Gillard’s behaviour this year. The destruction of this unique ecosystem is an international disgrace. These are the most precious gifts we have on earth and we need to take care of them for the children of the next generation” said Mr Claus.