The new Minister for the Environment, Tanya Plibersek, is seeking to delay a Federal Court challenge by Bob Brown Foundation which aims to stop mining company MMG’s proposed toxic waste dump in Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine rainforest.

Minister Plibersek’s legal counsel says that more time is needed to consider the 1,500 submissions which flooded into previous minister Sussan Ley’s office. Minister Ley, just a few days before the election, announced she would reconsider giving MMG the go-ahead to build roads and to drill in the rainforest because of vital new evidence of the Masked Owl’s breeding and nesting in the rainforest.

The Federal Court is due to reconvene to decide management of BBF’s challenge next Tuesday, 21 June, and then for a full hearing, expected to take 2-3 days, on 19 July.

“This is a hopeful breakthrough in that MMG’s unnecessary invasion of takayna’s rainforest is being taken seriously by the new minister,” BBF Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“However Minister Plibersek should have MMG cease its roadworks and other works until either this destructive project is stopped or our court case is heard. The minister has the power to tell MMG to desist with its destruction until her decision is made - that would save a lot of money as well as the environment.”

“The minister should exercise that power," Weber said.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-06-17 17:05:46 +1000