Four Tasmanian small business people have blocked the road at the site of Chinese state-owned miner MMG’s proposed toxic, heavy metals tailings dam. An ancient pocket of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest and wildlife habitat will be lost to a waste dump of 25 million cubic metres of sulphide, acid-producing tailings in takayna / Tarkine if miner MMG is allowed to proceed.
Tasmanian tourism operators Gordon Cuff and Susie Aulich have returned to the site after being arrested last year defending these ancient rainforests. The pair hosted Lilydale business owner James Westley and designer/maker Anita Dineen and others on a tour of the threatened ancient rainforests yesterday.
“We have returned to takayna today to show our friends what is at risk of being destroyed. As tourism operators we understand the value of these ancient forests and are encouraging as many Tasmanians to come on down and see what is happening on our island," said Susie Aulich.
Over 600 people have joined Bob Brown Foundation in these forests since January 2022. All of them have been moved by the beauty of the ancient rainforests.
“How is it that we have leased this rainforest to a foreign government-owned company to be destroyed?” asked Anita Dineen.
“What MMG is proposing to do to this pristine wilderness is beyond belief – we must all act to save this now!" said James Westley.
“The actions of these four and the many more business people who have joined our campaign demonstrate that Tasmanian business is not united in the Government’s rush to sacrifice our wild places at all costs," said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“While our government plans unnecessary, anti-democratic, draconian legislation to prevent protest against a small cabal of nature-destroying businesses, the workers and business people they claim to be defending are joining us on the frontlines defending takayna. The Premier should reflect on that," Scott Jordan said.