Protests have entered their third day at the controversial new mine in Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine.
“Our Foundation is calling for no new mines in this World Heritage value takayna/Tarkine. This Riley Creek mine is the first Venture misadventure destined to ruin the vast, wild and fragile ecosystems of takayna / Tarkine,” Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna/Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan said.
“We are shutting down Venture minerals attempt to develop the site at Riley Creek. This week we observed equipment arrive to build a screening plant that washes and separates iron ore for sale, and we immediately took action,” Scott Jordan said.
Tarkine Defender Tameka Baylis, 26, has attached herself to the access gate. Along with fellow defenders on the site, Baylis is taking a stand against the devastation lined up for the ensuing mines in the area.
“If allowed to proceed this Riley Creek mine will lead to two more proposed mines that will decimate one of the last tracts of ancient cool temperate rainforest on the planet,” Scott Jordan said.
“The Bob Brown Foundation will not stop in the defence of these sacred lands home to plethora endangered and threatened species including the spotted quoll, Tasmanian devil, Tasmanian wedge tailed eagle and the giant freshwater crayfish,”
“Peaceful protest has seen positive change through the ages. For one of the last wild places on Earth, we are making a stand,”
“Tasmania’s north west would benefit greatly if showcased for people to explore the intact wild country, so our Foundation will continue to defend it and protect what is left. takayna/Tarkine is a World Heritage site in waiting and Tasmania’s government would prefer to destroy its globally significant values than save them,” Scott Jordan said