Bob Brown Foundation’s campaign against Chinese state-owned mining company MMG's plans for a toxic tailings dam that would flatten Tarkine rainforest now enters week 8. After sixty-four arrests the groundswell of opposition just keeps building.
In two locations at the contentious site, three citizens are facing arrest for calling on MMG to remove their machines and exit takayna/Tarkine. Jill Pierce and Craig Brown have been arrested for sitting on the access road and Jane Wilson is attached to an excavator that is building new roads into the threatened rainforests.
"We are here to peacefully protest against the destruction of this beautiful temperate rainforest which is home to endangered species and ancient trees. As Tasmanians, we feel fortunate to still have such spectacular wilderness. We want takayna declared a World Heritage Area and a National Park for future generations. MMG has alternative sites for tailings, and technologies available to better manage mining waste," said Jill Pierce, 61, Social worker, health educator, and Craig Brown, 67, Doctor, GP
"These mature biodiverse ecosystems are not just glorious and awe inspiring but have numerous vital functions. Meeting John the beekeeper I understood how much leatherwood and Manuka would be lost from this proposed dam site if clearing is allowed to process. There are very few mature leatherwood sites. It’s a finite resource, important as part of the unique Tasmanian beekeeping cycle of crop pollination in spring then onto leatherwood honey flow. Tourists, farmers and orchardists are linked to these forests via honey and bees yet they are being destroyed," said Jane Wilson, 61, Vet, Winemaker.
"State and federal governments have the power to end this controversy, halt the excessive spending of taxpayer dollars on police resources, and do the right thing for Tasmania by protecting the takayna/Tarkine rainforests. For decades, citizens have lobbied governments for World Heritage protection of takayna/Tarkine, and it is now more crucial than ever, with a climate and biodiversity catastrophe looming overhead,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said