Revisit the biggest environmental movement Australia has ever seen: the 1982 Franklin River Blockade. This story is nuts. Missing people, death threats, savage ... More
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S3 06 | West Coast shockwaves; a new era for politics and protest
The Franklin river's fate all comes down to a legal challenge between state and federal powers.
In the final episode of Saving the Franklin: the moment this so-called wilderness war all came to an end.
S3 05 | Threats, accusations and a Federal election
In this episode of Saving the Franklin, scenes on the West Coast get uglier and uglier, and the campaigners turn to the mainland for support as a Federal election looms.
S3 04 | 'All we had was our bodies': The blockade begins
In this episode of Saving the Franklin, thousands of protesters fly into the sleepy town of Strahan to prepare for the biggest moment in the campaign: the blockade.
An army of national media descend, and the first bulldozer is taken upriver, for a shocking confrontation on the water.
S3 03 | Secret cave: a game-changing rediscovery no one expected
The campaigners had painted the Franklin River as an untouched natural wonder, a place free from human interference: a wilderness.
But the rediscovery of a cave along the Franklin throws everything into question. The finding is so significant it reshapes modern understanding of human history – and it paves the way for a new strategy to save the River.
S3 02 | The battle lines: 'Greenies' vs workers
The Franklin Dam proposal symbolised a lifeline to struggling communities on Tasmania's West Coast, recovering from the end of a mining era. Yet for environmentalists, it symbolised destruction and greed.
In this episode of Saving the Franklin, the battle lines are drawn between pro-dammers and environmentalists and the State Government is caught in the middle, until it's forced to act.
Revisit the biggest environmental movement Australia has ever seen: the 1982 Franklin River Blockade. This story is nuts. Missing people, death threats, savage political moves and young people flooding into Tasmania to put their bodies in front of bulldozers. Jo Lauder investigates how this movement beat the odds and came to inspire a new generation of environmental activists that have shaped Australian politics through to today.