As the deadline looms for Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley to declare an Emergency National Heritage Listing over takayna/Tarkine, protestors have stopped machinery for the seventeenth day in a row.
"takayna/Tarkine deserves National Heritage protection, not toxic, acid producing tailings dams", said takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"Minister Ley has a choice that will define her takayna legacy. She can back the 2012 recommendation of the Australian Heritage Council and apply a heritage listing, or she can hand it over as a waste dump for a Chinese state-owned mining company".
Protestor Harrison Vermont (29) has locked on to mining machinery to prevent ongoing clearing and roading in rainforest.
"I am here putting myself on the line to protect takayna/Tarkine, and believe that these old growth forests have amongst the highest carbon density and carbon stores on Earth", said Harrison.
"I fear for my future and that MMG mining is allowed to replace this forest with dead Earth and heavy metals leaching into the Pieman river. I have no faith that MMG cares one ounce for people or the environment. We can not lose this patch of forest, and I am determined to fight for a brighter future. It is time to demand change".
Bob Brown Foundation nominated takayna/Tarkine for Emergency National Heritage Listing on 20th May 2021.