Bob Brown Foundation has resumed daily protests in takayna/Tarkine today after mining company MMG is a no show for the second day running.
“We are urging the Chinese state-owned MMG to stay out of the Tarkine, remove their machines and use their alternative options for their waste that won’t cost the rainforests,” said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.
“MMG didn’t arrive yesterday to the contentious site while two takayna defenders locked onto their excavators and a beekeeper joined the demonstration. It was one day in seven weeks there was a reprieve from destruction. This morning takayna defenders have walked 6km into the Tarkine rainforest this morning, one has attached themselves to an excavator that has been building roads for a proposed heavy metals tailings waste dump. MMG is still a no show this morning
Our rainforest occupation continues in the centre of the proposed waste dump site. 40m up a tall eucalyptus our treesit camp has occupied the threatened primeval forests. Masked owls have been heard in the still midwinter nights, support continues from all around the world, as does the outrage that the threat of a toxic waste dump could be happening to our clean green Tasmania
MMG has used its mining lease arrangement to lock the forest up from public access. While awaiting Federal Environment assessments, mining company MMG is pushing ahead with access roads into 205 hectares of ancient rainforests and tall eucalyptus forests,” said Jenny Weber.
Bob Brown Foundation has been organising a relentless campaign in the remote rainforests where takayna defenders have blockaded every day since MMG arrived seven weeks ago, with more than 300 people demonstrating in takayna/Tarkine.
Hobart Primary school teacher Katherine Bougher has nominated herself to be arrested today and will join more than 60 citizens arrested including current or former farmers, nurses, doctors, tourism operators, journalists, and artists.
“These are dire days for takayna/Tarkine which should be both protected and returned to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. There must be greater protections for Aboriginal lands and waters, from exploitation, desecration, and destruction,” Jenny Weber said.
“I’m here today to protect ancient rainforest, her waters, and animals within. It’s important to me to take action this NAIDOC week as it is a time to raise awareness of the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and their land. We need to heal their country by recognising, protecting, and maintaining all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture,” Katherine Bougher said.