As federal Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley meets Bob Brown in the north Tarkine rainforests this morning, a new group of Bob Brown Foundation Tarkine defenders has closed down mining company MMG’s roadworks to its proposed toxic waste dump in the southern part of the same forests.
Artist Billie Raffety (18) has locked herself to an excavator to prevent further destruction of rainforest by MMG.
"Sacred takayna is not the only option for this tailings dam. How dare MMG irreversibly scar 285ha of pristine rainforest", said Ms Raffety.
"takayna is the home of countless endangered species, rare flora, and ancient old growth trees. This area must be officially recognised as World Heritage Value, and must be returned to the palawa people. As citizens living on stolen land, we cannot allow large corporations to control our future".
Billie has joined with the 53 others who have risked arrest over the past 45 days to stop MMG's proposed tailings dam.
"As a young Tasmanian, Billie represents the future of our island state. If only our political leaders had an ounce of the courage and passion that Billie and her compatriots have shown this tailings dam proposal would be a thing of the past"' said Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.