Media Release: 77 YEAR OLD PROTESTER HALTS TARKINE DESTRUCTION - 15 ARRESTED IN 18 DAYS

Today marks the 18th day of protests by environmentalists opposing mining company MMG’s new proposed tailings dam in takayna/Tarkine; a proposed dam designed to hold 25 million cubic metres of toxic waste, right in the middle of pristine, World Heritage Value rainforest.

Retired public servant Frits Harmsen, 77, preventing access to roading construction and forest clearing.

"The reason I am here today is to save this large tract of temperate rainforest: firstly on behalf of my children and grandchildren, and secondly because I have felt powerless due to decisions made by successive state and federal governments without real scrutiny. I am here today because nothing else seems to be working,” said Frits Harmsen.

"Being one of a number potential sites for the new tailings dam, MMG need to move out of takayna. Instead, the company is driving machines into a vast tract of intact forests, despite immense backlash from citizens who are calling for the invaluable takayna/Tarkine area to be protected,” said Bob Brown Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.

"It is the government's duty to protect our future, and therefore our most valuable assets during this climate emergency, one of them is the carbon-rich temperate rainforests. Allowing this company to dump abrasive waste into a thriving eco-system is vandalism,” Jenny Weber said.

Returning to the same area where our blockade camp was held for 143 days, Tarkine defenders have shown we will not back down. The non violent resistance to this rainforest destruction continues.


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  • natalalie duncan
    commented 2021-06-05 19:44:19 +1000
    As we go on leading our life’s far away from this ancient forests it is disgusting and not good enough that governing bodys choose profit over spieces servival. #plantmoretrees #nologgingoldgrowthforests
  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2021-06-04 08:54:46 +1000