Today the Bob Brown Foundation has left a message at the controversial Venture Minerals' Riley Creek mine site saying 'No new Tarkine mines', painted on the foundations of the start of new construction. The mine which threatens endangered species like the Tasmanian Devil has been the focus of protests and a number of arrests since it was first proposed.
"Our message to potential lenders for Venture Minerals' Tarkine mine is, don’t back the vandalism of Tasmania’s ancient wilderness. The destructive impacts of this mine will not just be able to be cleaned up in a few minutes, its impact will last for generations," said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"Venture has already desecrated precious takayna/Tarkine habitat, they plan to push ahead with more clearing for it's Riley Creek strip mine and proposed open cut Livingstone and Mt Lindsay mines, both within reserves in takayna/Tarkine. Habitat for threatened species like the Tasmanian Devil and Spotted tailed quoll, our Foundation is calling for no new mines in the Tarkine," said Mr Jordan.