Thirty people are this morning protesting at the Smithton Ta Ann timber mill. Four people have attached themselves to mill equipment and will remain until they are removed.
“We are protesting today to hold Ta Ann Tasmania to account for its destruction of the environment and climate,” Bob Brown Foundations Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan said.
“There are a number of ancient forests in takayna / Tarkine that are scheduled for logging to supply timber to Ta Ann. These forests are world heritage value and need urgent protection from logging,” Scott Jordan said.
Ta Ann is a major driver of forest destruction in Tasmania and has an appalling reputation for logging, palm oil expansion, and human rights abuses in Sarawak, Malaysia Borneo.
“Ta Ann timber supply from Tasmania’s native forests has been contentious for fourteen years and enough is enough. No more native forests should be logged in Tasmania.
In this climate emergency and after the devastating fires in the past summer, keeping Australia’s forests intact is even more important. Time is up for continuing destroying critical carbon storehouses and wildlife habitat for a notorious company such as Ta Ann,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.