A protest is underway in Tasmania’s northwest town of Burnie against the mining of takayna / Tarkine.
Two takayna defenders have peacefully intervened in the transport of iron ore from a storage yard to the Burnie port where Venture Minerals first shipment out of takayna is being loaded.
Frits and Patsy Harmsen are seated in front of the shed locked to each other to interrupt the transport of takayna ore. Both decades long conservationists, Frits (78) is a musician retired from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Patsy (76) is an industrial hemp pioneer.
“At Riley creek in takayna / Tarkine, Venture Minerals is scraping the Earth back for iron ore to export to China. The company is hopeful exports out of their controversial Riley creek mine will raise the capital to build a second, much bigger, even more destructive mine inside a rainforest reserve in takayna,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“If allowed to proceed, mining at Mt Lindsay, inside the Meredith Range Regional Reserve, would prove Tasmania’s dangerously deficient reserve status for vast areas of takayna mean nothing. All Regional Reserves and Conservation Areas across Tasmania allow for logging and mining,” Jenny Weber said.
“Mining in this region would impact on its biodiversity values including on the threatened Tasmanian devil and on the significant temperate rainforest, some of the last in the world,” Jenny Weber said.
“The Mt Lindsay mine, if it proceeds, threatens a vast tract of globally significant natural values. There is nowhere else in Australia where such large tracts of temperate rainforests still remain. takayna / Tarkine is the stronghold of callidendrous (tall) rainforests with Nothofagus species that had ancestors that lived on the Gondwana supercontinent,” Jenny Weber said.