Media Release: New Environment Minister urged to act fast.

As Chinese state owned miner MMG continues its illegal roadworks in takayna / Tarkine, Bob Brown Foundation has urged the incoming Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to act fast in forcing MMG to cease their un-permitted works. Citizens have maintained the blockade of the proposed tailings dam site, with a protestor’s vehicle blocking the road for the past 36 hours. MMG has continued to dump road base before the obstruction.

“While we are here holding MMG out of their illegal works, we are happy for the new Minister to step in at any time," said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“We are here because the previous Minister failed to act. This company, owned by a foreign government, should not be allowed to flout Australian Environment Law."

Occupational Therapist Anna Capitelli (23) has locked herself to the vehicle on Helilog Rd to prevent MMG’s machinery from accessing the site.

“I am here to stop works on MMG’s toxic tailings dam which is going to take a massive part of our sacred and incredibly valuable takayna wilderness that we need now and for generations to come," said Anna Capitelli.

Illegal works commenced on 9 May 2022. Bob Brown Foundation has been calling for Government action to halt these works for 24 days.

A separate approval exists for tracks, test pitting and drilling, with that approval being subject to an EPBC reconsideration after BBF presented over 400 recordings of the Tasmanian Masked Owl including chattering calls associated with feeding chicks on the site. MMG originally received EPBC approval after the company falsely claimed the species was not present.


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-06-01 11:52:06 +1000