Farmer and businessman Anthony Houston has joined the protest over a controversial plan by mining company MMG to build a tailings dam in 285 hectares of rainforests in Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine. Anthony Houston has this morning occupied a gate and is blocking access to the site.
While a Treesitter remains inside takayna/Tarkine’s threatened rainforests, this morning a group of protesters have set up a protest on the entrance road to the current site of MMG's roading operations and proposed toxic tailings dam in takayna/Tarkine for the 31st day of frontline action.
"I'm sitting here in the middle of the road to stop the operation of the Chinese state owned mining company that wants to destroy this ancient rainforest for a toxic tailings dam," said Mr Houston.
"I'm a farmer, I grew up with science, it's part of our lives. Yet when climate scientists warn us about climate change, we ignore them. I'm here because I want people to know that if we act together, we can stop this destruction,” said Mr Houston.
"People are outraged that Chinese state-owned MMG is seeking to destroy an area of World Heritage Value forest, and they are turning up in numbers to stand against it,” said Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"To have prominent Tasmanian businessman Anthony Houston join us today sends an important message to Premier Gutwein. Preventing this tailings dam in takayna/Tarkine and protecting 500 000 hectares of this globally significant region is a win win solution for climate, Tasmania’s economy and can provide jobs and growth for this island,” said Scott Jordan.
Twenty eight citizens have been arrested over the past 31 days in Tasmania’s longest running environmental protest in decades.