Bob Brown Foundation has today renewed a frontline campaign in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine, holding a demonstration at the proposed Mt Linsday mine site, disrupting the drilling operation by Venture Minerals.
“This jewel of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest is a new battleground as we push controversial mining company Venture Minerals to abandon their planned monster tin mine at Mt Lindsay,” Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan said.
“We are disrupting the drilling operation deep in the ancient rainforests while lobbying potential investors to refrain from funding the proposed tin/tungsten mine,” BBF Campaign Organiser Erik Hayward said.
“In this remote, wild and rugged region, Venture Minerals plans a very large mine in Australia’s largest rainforest. If allowed to proceed the mine would demolish high quality remote forests,” Erik Hayward said.
“The forests above these Venture minerals drill holes are globally unique. They form part of an ancient landscape. An immense CO2 store lies right here, growing in harmony with its multigenerational raft of wildlife roaming freely in these wild gullies, windswept ridge tops and deep tannin-stained waterfalls along the Huon pine clad Wilson River. This is a World Heritage value landscape in need of urgent secure protection, not a ‘province of tin’,” Erik Hayward said.
“Rose is attached to the drill rig, halting the fragmentation of this landscape and annihilation of these rainforests,” Erik Hayward said.
“We will not back down. This next decade we have too much to lose – everything,” Erik Hayward said.
“There is still time to prevent destruction of takayna by mining. Tasmania’s takayna is a World Heritage Area in waiting and when protected will make a direct, positive impact in the climate emergency,” Scott Jordan said.
“Closure of a couple of roads built for the mine would return the region to a large tract of wilderness-quality rainforest,” Scott Jordan said.
“Venture Minerals recently suspended their nearby Riley Creek mine in takayna / Tarkine after crashing global prices and now they want to destroy the Meredith Range Regional Reserve,” Scott Jordan said.
At his COP26 opening speech, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said “Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. We are digging our own graves.”