A group of eight Tasmanians today joined day 24 of protests in takayna/Tarkine’s threatened rainforests, one member of the group Paul Costin refused to leave on a police order and was arrested.
“Our relentless campaign over twenty-four days is up against the Tasmanian Government rolling out police resources for the Chinese state owned MMG. They are continuing to evict peaceful protesters rather than halt the destruction of these rainforests. A win-win solution here is to halt the current destruction and MMG move out of takayna/Tarkine, the company has alternatives outside takayna/Tarkine and they need to address their serious problem of running out of room for toxic waste,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“Northeast Tasmanian tourism operators Gordon Cuff and Susie Aulich have launched the Activist Tourism Adventures to support our frontline campaigns in takayna/Tarkine. Kicking off today with Gordon’s university football club from the 1970s. It is a testament to takayna/Tarkine and its global significance that people from all walks of life and all over Tasmania and interstate are joining our campaign to defend and call for protection of takayna/Tarkine,” Jenny Weber said.
Gordon Cuff, unfortunately, could not join his former teammates due to his arrest at this contentious site some 2 weeks ago. He quipped, "We almost had the centre and forward lines. The six did take a sherrin in for company!”
“The Tarkine is a truly amazing place and deserves permanent protection from many perspectives. Being the largest temperate rainforest in Australia it has massive biodiversity value. Its massive carbon stores can go some way to mitigating the looming disaster that is climate change and its undisturbed forests a barrier to the ravages of bushfires in a warming climate. The area is rich in indigenous history and its flora, fauna and geological assets indicate clear links to Gondwana,” former Tasmanian Greens politician Paul 'Basil' O'Halloran, who was involved in the protest today.
“I am a nature-based tourism operator working in and around the Tarkine and my business, the many others like mine, depend on the area not being destroyed by mostly extractive industries like logging and mining. Hundreds of sustainable eco-friendly jobs depend on this unique and special place. Hundreds of leatherwood honey bee-keeping jobs have been permanently destroyed by logging already and they are continuing to be lost today, all for a loss-making taxpayer subsidised industry,” Paul "Basil" O'Halloran said.
“Tasmania has in the Tarkine what the rest of the world has largely lost but what the rest of the world wants to see and experience. Left intact, this area is part of my future and the future of my kids and grandkids,” Paul 'Basil' O'Halloran said.