The Tasmanian Crop Pollination Association has this morning joined Australian Greens Senator Janet Rice and Bob Brown Foundation in takayna/Tarkine to protest the loss of leatherwood rich rainforest to logging and the controversial proposed MMG tailings dam.
Joining a demonstration on the access road to the controversial proposed heavy metals tailings dam, Kelly Albion, Climate Campaigner and Allison Davies, Music Therapist and CEO are locked onto MMG road-building machines.
“Leatherwood honey accounts for 70% of industry income in Tasmania,” said John Seirnicki, Vice President Tasmanian Crop Pollinators Association.
“Loss of leatherwood trees will mean added running costs to help hives recover from pollinating crops. With the growing amount of new irrigated farmland we are finding it hard to keep up with demand for pollinating hives”.
“Destruction of old growth rainforest will greatly restrict the growth and the future of new and younger people coming into the industry as the profit from pollination from pollination only will make beekeeping unviable”.
Leatherwood rich rainforest are both at risk of clearing for MMG’s toxic tailings dam and are currently being lost to logging across the state.
“Today's demonstration has been formed with an alliance of beekeepers, long-time climate activists, a music therapist, and Australian Greens Senator Rice. Our Foundation’s campaign to halt this proposed heavy metals waste dump in Australia’s largest temperate rainforests is gathering hundreds of people from all walks of life to the frontline in winter. It’s a symbol of momentous opposition to MMGs plans to flatten these rainforests,” said Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“Conservationists and beekeepers are on a unity ticket when it comes to the protection of leatherwood rich forests here in takayna/Tarkine”, Scott Jordan said.