19 April 2022
Despite Tasmania Police arriving at Bob Brown Foundation’s ongoing blockade of MMG’s proposed tailings dam this morning, 13 protesters remain in place.
One takayna defender is attached to a sculpture blocking the access road to hundreds of hectares of intact ancient rainforests. Another defender is in a treesit, 35 metres high in a huge eucalypt.
“We are continuing our defence of an ancient pocket of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest,” BBF Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“This is day 109 in our takayna blockade of continuous, non-violent occupation in one of the last wild places on Earth. We are frequently hearing the Masked Owl, vulnerable to extinction, with this species breeding in the area targeted for destruction by MMG.”
“Tasmania’s government is wasting taxpayers' money to usher this Chinese state-owned company into this endangered Masked Owl habitat. The immediate solution is for MMG to abandon plans for a heavy metals tailings waste dump in takayna and instead build a paste fill plant on their existing mine site.”