Media Release: Protest in Tasmania’s takayna brings MMG’s illegal roadworks to a standstill

Bob Brown Foundation’s relentless and committed protests in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine have today halted miner MMG’s roadworks with an impromptu Yoga class.

“Citizens have carried out disruption to illegal roadworks at the site of Chinese state-owned miner MMG’s proposed toxic tailings dam in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine. Five protestors walked along Helilog Rd stopping machines while they practiced their yoga. Miner MMG has conducted roadworks on Helilog Road without an EPBC permit over the past four weeks. As yet the only action taken to halt works has been by our Foundation carrying out non-violent direct actions,” said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“It is ludicrous that while we have the Tasmanian government seeking to demonise peaceful protestors and ram through the parliament draconian harsh penalties for the defenders of our wild places, a company like MMG can illegally operate with impunity. Well, the new anti-protest laws have not passed the upper house and the takayna / Tarkine forests are still standing. There is still time to see democracy and rainforest protection prevail,” said Scott Jordan.

“It has been too long that a Chinese state-owned MMG is allowed to ignore Australian environment law,” concluded Scott Jordan.

Last year MMG conducted illegal works for 60 days before Bob Brown Foundation's legal action forced them to cease. Eighty-six citizens have been arrested halting MMG’s illegal works throughout 2021 and 2022. MMG has not been prosecuted.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-06-09 14:53:27 +1000