60 minutes’ The longest-serving and oldest journalist Charles Wooley is reporting this Sunday for 7News Spotlight.
But the Tasmanian-based journalist is still listed Page of nine for 60 minuteshaving joined the show in 1991.
Wooley has spent a quarter of a century traveling the world for Nine, but by 2020, he’s moving on to become a part-time contributor. Now it appears to be Seven’s gain.
This Sunday, take on a special report on the battle to save Australia’s majestic Tarkine Rainforest from the invasive threat of mining.
“If you haven’t heard of the Tarkine by now, rest assured you will,” Wooley said.
“An ancient rainforest of the type that has long since disappeared from the rest of the world still exists in Tasmania. I grew up in such a Tasmanian country. But even in my lifetime most of it vanished, often converted to wood chips.
“But in Tarkine, a lost world of half a million hectares of gigantic primeval forest, magnificent rivers and mountains has miraculously survived. Until now,” she said.
“Unfortunately, it is largely unprotected from forestry and mining. This latest inspiring stretch of temperate rainforest should be seen before it fades away.
“Now, the battle to save the Tarkine is shaping up to be Australia’s next Franklin River.”
7News Spotlight Executive producer Mark Llewellyn added, “Charles Wooley is a storytelling genius. There was no other person who could so passionately tell the story of ‘Australia’s Amazon’, a hidden and majestic part of Tasmania that needs to be protected from those who would destroy it.”
To venture into this Tasmanian wilderness is to go back to the beginning.
Renowned for their unrivaled beauty and rich biodiversity, the 500,000 hectares of mountains and waterways enveloping ancient rainforests on Tasmania’s wild west coast have great ecological value, yet plans for expansion by Chinese-owned mining company MMG have raised serious concerns about the future of this spectacular natural wonder.
For veteran reporter Wooley, a local resident who has been fishing the Tarkine for trout since he was a young boy, it is his most personal story.
By exposing the threat to the ecological integrity of this ancient wilderness, Wooley delves into the heart of the matter, shining a spotlight on the potential consequences of the mining company’s expansion into the rainforest and inviting the Australian government to arbitrate on Tarkine’s behalf.
8.30pm Sunday out of seven.