Work at Venture Minerals Riley Creek mine site was again halted today, for the third time. A group of 15 protesters converged on the area in the early hours of this morning. Tarkine Defender Tameka Baylis, 26 was later arrested after chaining herself to the front gate, stopping access to the site
“For three days we have put the spotlight onto the destruction of the wilderness values of the Tarkine by Venture Minerals. These protests have been conducted in the spirit of so many great non-violent actions before, such as those for the Franklin River, the Daintree and Kakadu. So many wild places would have been lost if it wasn’t for people halting the work of companies and governments who show little regard for their communities or the environment,” said Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaigner Scott Jordan said.
“Brave Tarkine defenders have exposed to the world the dirty deeds of this mining company and its plans to trash one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth. These Tarkine defenders should not be the target of slander from the Tasmanian Government, they should not be the target for draconian new laws. They should be thanked for the work they are doing for future generations,” said Scott Jordan.