The historical importance of former federal Greens leader Bob Brown's old Liffey home could be officially recognised, with a nomination to include the property on the state's Heritage Register now before the Tasmanian Heritage Council.
According to the Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Department, an application for Oura Oura to be included on the Heritage Register is currently being assessed.
A charming farmhouse tucked away on a 14 hectare property in Liffey Valley, Oura Oura is the birthplace of the Australian green movement. Dr Brown bought the property in 1973, roughly a year after arriving in Tasmania from New South Wales to work as a GP at Mowbray Heights.
It was at Oura Oura that Dr Brown conceived of the Tasmanian Greens, the political party that later spawned the Australian Greens. The Wilderness Society and Bush Heritage Australia, a not-for-profit that buys and manages land across the country, were also born there.
[Oura Oura] is ... still largely in the condition it was in [in 1900].Bob Brown
It was at Oura Oura that the forces against the damming of the Franklin River were first mobilised, leading to the famous High Court decision in 1983 which saw the Hawke government win a landmark case against the Tasmanian government, ensuring the dam was never built.
Dr Brown and his partner Paul Thomas gifted the property to Bush Heritage Australia in 2011, after having moved into a place together at Randalls Bay, south of Cygnet.
"[Oura Oura] is a very intact wooden farmhouse from 1900 and it's still largely in the condition it was in back then," Dr Brown told The Examiner. "There's very few of those left in Tasmania."
"I thought it would be a good thing to give it to Bush Heritage Australia, as [the organisation] started there in 1990. They're maintaining it.
"I occasionally go there, with their agreement, to write."
Dr Brown declined to comment on the specifics of the application to have Oura Oura included on the Heritage Register, as did Bush Heritage Australia.
"Discussions are continuing with the individuals and organisations associated with [Oura Oura]," a DPIPWE spokesperson said. "Once this process has been completed a decision will be made by the Tasmanian Heritage Council on its proposed entry in the Heritage Register."