This morning, forest defenders have stopped work again at the contentious MMG tailings dam site in takayna/Tarkine as protests enter the seventh week.
Retired doctor John Barrenger (65) and Animal Liberation Tasmania president Kristy Algar (40) have locked themselves to an excavator preventing further clearing and roadworks on the site. Both have urged the government and the company to think beyond their own commercial interests.
"This is important for our children and grandchildren", said Mr Barrenger.
"I'm here in defence of the free living animals of takayna. For the individuals and communities that rely on the forests for life itself," said Ms Algar.
Today is the 49th day of protests, with 58 people arrested.
"What we have seen over the past 49 days is the passion of everyday people for the protection of this wild and incredible place", said Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"MMG should take note that we are growing stronger and more committed by the day".