Eight forest defenders have returned to takayna/Tarkine this morning to the site where Chinese state-owned company MMG want to build a new tailings dam in pristine rainforest.
“This morning threatened rainforests have been reclaimed by the protesters, with one protester locked onto a gate blocking access to the proposed MMG tailings dam site. A second protester has attached to an excavator; the immobilised machine was destined to push drill pads into ancient rainforest wilderness today,” Bob Brown Foundation’s native forests campaign organiser Lisa Searle said.
“After yesterday’s dawn raid by Tasmanian police and eviction of a four-month blockade, we have people coming to us from all over Australia asking how they can help and traveling to the Tarkine to get involved in this campaign. People are seeing the destruction happening right now in takayna/Tarkine and are joining us on the frontlines to defend Australia’s largest temperate rainforest,” said Lisa Searle. “Despite the presence of 24-hour security, we were able to get into position and halt the destruction of these ecosystems.”
“This post-election get-tough move by Premier Gutwein does not deter citizens who have to defend threatened rainforests from imminent destruction. When the going gets tough the tough get going for the forests,” said Bob Brown.
“MMG have referred their proposed destruction to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley. Evicting the citizens from these threatened forests is preventing ongoing survey work by conservationists to test the frankly incredulous assertions in the Federal EPBC referral reports,” said Bob Brown Foundation campaigner Colette Harmsen.
“There will be no toxic tailings dump in takayna/Tarkine without non violent resistance from the people who want rainforests and endangered species habitat protected,” said Colette Harmsen.
Bob Brown Foundation is calling for no new mines in takayna/Tarkine and secure protection of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests.