Prominent Tasmanian farmer and businessman, Anthony Houston, was arrested today while halting work on a proposed tailings dam in the Tarkine rainforests. Mr Houston, 69, is the 29th person arrested over the past 31 days in this battle to protect ancient rainforests from a controversial proposal for a toxic waste dump by Chinese state-owned company MMG.
Mr Houston said "The message I want to give to all Australians is that it is really important to come and experience what is being lost. You can see it on TV or in a book but it is not the same. I could not believe the ancient trees they are knocking down. They are knocking over more in one day than I could plant in a year. Getting arrested was doing my part to help protect these forests. It’s like something from Lord of the Rings and we should not be losing places like this."
"Anthony is the heart and soul of middle Tasmania. This would have been a huge decision for him but he is putting Tasmania's global reputation for its wild and scenic beauty before his own. I hope Premier Peter Gutwein takes note," said Bob Brown.
"Our defence of takayna/Tarkine has seen a diverse group of Australians arrested for joining the peaceful actions to stop the machines tearing up the rainforest. We have seen a 77 year old retired French horn musician, medical students, veterinarians, football chums, tourism operators and now prominent farmer Anthony Houston. This groundswell of support is growing across the wider community with protestors coming from the dorm rooms to the board rooms and everywhere in-between," said takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.