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ItemOld Growth, New ConflictMulhern, T (Forty South Publishing, 2019)The table saw screams as the blade tears through the heart of a two-inch thick piece of Tasmanian oak. I'm resawing this heavy plank into two thinner ones. I finish the cut and hit the big red off button. The blade spins ever more slowly, until it finally comes to a complete stop.
ItemLutaralipinaMulhern, T (Forty South Publishing, 2018)I'm panting as I struggle over fallen logs and push through prickly scrub. I can just hear the kids' voices, far ahead. I try to hurry up. I don't want to lose them. I'm not worried about them getting lost, I'm worried about me. I know the kids will be fine because they are with ecologist Todd Walsh, the "lobster man" of northern Tasmania. He knows this forest like the back of his hand. He's been coming to this bend of the river for years, trapping, measuring and tagging the world's largest animal of its type. Tasmanian Aborigines call it lutaralipina - though it is better known as the lobster or the giant freshwater crayfish, or by its scientific name, 'Astacopsis gouldi'.
ItemWilliam Buelow GouldMulhern, T (Forty South Publishing, 2019)When we arrive at Strahan's Meredith Street boat ramp, our skipper Trevor Dennis already has the eight-metre charter boat on the water. We are up early to beat the big tourist boats down the Harbour. The low throb of the twin outboards echoes across the water as we leave the sleeping town behind us.