Today, two forest defenders were arrested on the second day of non-violent actions against plans to clear a large area of old growth forests in the Tarkine. One person has since been released on bail. A second person was locked onto machinery and will appear in Devonport Magistrates Court tonight. A protest camp had previously been holding the project at bay for 142 days.
"Chinese Government owned mining company MMG has plans to build a toxic tailings dump in Australia's largest temperate rainforest. 285 hectares of rainforest will be impacted as the company builds tailings dams and pits on 140 hectares. That is dams and pits 70 times larger than the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and a total disturbance twice that amount," said Dr Lisa Searle, Bob Brown Foundation’s native forests campaign organiser.
“This morning threatened rainforests were reclaimed by the protesters, with one protester locked onto a gate blocking access to the proposed MMG tailings dam site. A second protester attached to an excavator; the immobilised machine was destined to push drill pads into ancient rainforest wilderness today.
MMG is a company with a mine in Rosebery. They are not welcome to expand their operations into takayna/Tarkine rainforests. The proposed area they want to get in now and drill for their proposed expansion are world heritage value rainforests with tall myrtle, tall eucalyptus, and melaleuca forests. The Rosebery mine has other viable options for a new tailings dam on previously disturbed land that is outside of the Tarkine boundary.” Dr Searle said.