Bob Brown Foundation's Tarkine campaign has headed into the threatened rainforest canopy with a new treetop occupation. We have established a tree sit in the middle of the 285 hectares of intact forests that our Foundation wants immediately protected as mining company MMG continues to push a road into for drilling.
“Today we are launching our new takayna defenders occupation, a tree sit in amongst the forests that are targeted by the Chinese state owned company MMG. The mining company wants to flatten for an acidic heavy metals tailings dam,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“It’s time to broadcast from the treetops to the whole world what the Australian and Tasmanian Governments are failing to protect in a World Heritage listed National Park,” Jenny Weber said.
“I am deep in takayna, surrounded by an ancient rainforest that MMG wants to flatten and replace with an acidic heavy metals tailings dam. High in the canopy of an ancient forest is our tree sit,” said tree sit occupier Anna Brozek.
“These forests are habitat for rare and threatened species all around us that have been here living undisturbed for generations. At night the recurring call in the silent pitch blackness of a Masked Owl awakening for the night is a stunning shriek close by,” said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Organiser, Erik Hayward.
“The rainforest is being reclaimed. The only option is for MMG to remove the machines from these lands, use one of its other existing sites or develop and repair its current leaking tailings dam issues. We will not stand down and let MMGs problem be shifted into a globally significant world heritage valued area. Australia’s largest temperate rainforests in takayna/Tarkine must not have any further incursions, loss or destruction and a protection order is needed to keep them intact,” said Erik Hayward.
“World Heritage value forests need to remain intact in this climate and biodiversity emergency. This is Aboriginal land. These are public forests. They need protection from mining and logging as the machines are on their edges inching every day closer to destroying more of these important forests. We have slowed them down with frontline protests every day for three weeks, but the destructive machines need to be permanently stopped and removed,”. Jenny Weber concluded.