Bob Brown Foundation has returned overnight to shut down road access to a proposed toxic, heavy metals tailings dam in rainforest within takayna / Tarkine.
Jade Elford 35, a local nurse from Queenstown today is blocking the road into the proposed MMG tailings dam site, by pitching her tent in defiance.
“Jade is camping with her tent set up in the middle of a road where roads should not exist. Yet MMG wants to add 15km of new roads to access over 160 new proposed drilling and test pitting sites before their tailings dam can even be approved," said Bob Brown foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“This rainforest on either side of her tent is some of the most incredible tracts of Gondwanan relic that exists on this planet. So like hundreds of others over the past 15 months, she is camped here in defiance of the destruction of this place."
Bob Brown Foundation is also in the Supreme Court this morning for directions hearing in its challenge to the granting of a mining lease over Helilog road, covering 6.5 kilometres outside the proposed tailings dam.
“This lease doesn’t facilitate the proposed tailings dam. Its purpose is to prevent the public from protesting and even seeing what is at stake. This government is hell bent on allowing the desecration of this globally significant wild and fragile rainforest, but it wants to do it away from the public gaze."
“We will continue to put these rainforests firmly on the public agenda."