Media Release: Activists block mine works at Tasmania’s takayna mine site

Bob Brown Foundation is calling for the controversial Tarkine new mine at Riley creek to be halted. This morning, takayna defenders have blocked access to Venture Minerals' Riley Creek mine site in an effort to prevent works on the controversial and environment destroying mine site.

“Our protest is recommencing after Venture Minerals started construction of a wet screening plant at Riley Creek to wash and separate out the iron ore for sale. Once this plant is complete, the wholesale destruction of Riley Creek will charge ahead if not stopped,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Scott Jordan said.

“People are seriously concerned about this mine going ahead, and the group of protesters on-site today are sending a clear message to Venture minerals as well as their investors that we will not just sit back and let this mine go ahead unhindered. We will continue to protest until Venture leaves the Tarkine for good,” said Lisa Searle, Native Forests Campaign Organiser for the Bob Brown Foundation.

"Venture Minerals mine has courted controversy since it's inception and the resolve of environmentalists has not weakened. But this mine needs to be halted once and for all,” said takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

"This mine will impact on Tasmanian devils, Spotted-tailed Quolls and takayna/Tarkine's verified World Heritage Values. It will be opposed at every step", Mr Jordan said.

"Given Venture's history of condition breaches, the Federal Environment Minister Susan Ley has the power to intervene and halt this destructive project, and nominate takayna/Tarkine for the World Heritage Listing it deserves", Mr Jordan said.

Mining company Venture Minerals plans for an iron ore strip mine at Riley Creek as the first of three mines in the World Heritage value takayna/Tarkine.

“Frightfully the Riley Creek mine is just the start to the destruction of takayna/Tarkine. If allowed to proceed Riley creek mine will fund the development of Pilbara-scale open cut mines in heathland and rainforest at Mt Livingstone and Mt Lindsay, both in the Tarkine,” Scott Jordan said.

“These proposed mines have been abandoned once before. They are only profitable now due to artificially high ore prices caused by COVID-19 shut downs of iron ore and tin mines in South America,” Scott Jordan said.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2021-03-17 07:57:31 +1100