Gaby goes cray-zy for gi­ant cause

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - JAMES KITTO

A 72-YEAR-OLD South Ho­bart woman is strap­ping in for a cray-zy ride across the state to raise aware­ness of an is­sue close to her heart.

Pas­sion­ate ecow­ar­rior Gaby Jung, who wants to see a stop to log­ging in the takayna/Tarkine, sets off to­day on a colour­ful 540km bike ride from Ho­bart to Burnie, which in­cludes stops in Or­ford and Delo­raine.

Ms Jung is mak­ing the jour­ney dressed as a gi­ant fresh­wa­ter crayfish, the largest fresh­wa­ter in­ver­te­brate in the world, which is only found in Tas­ma­nia.

“I’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore and my big­gest worry is an­ger­ing drivers who might get stuck be­hind me,” she said.

“The main cause for this is hope­fully be­ing part of pro­tect­ing the takayna/Tarkine.

“If we keep on log­ging at the cur­rent rate we will deprive our kids of a healthy life.”

Ms Jung’s ride will set off from Maw­sons Place at 9.15am to­day, and will end with join­ing the Bob Brown Foun­da­tion BioBlitz Ci­ti­zen Sci­ence Week­end at the Tarkine for­est.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in meet­ing Ms Jung dur­ing her two-week trip can fol­low her Ride4­takayna Face­book page for up­dates.

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