Media Release: Protest returns to Tasmania’s Tarkine embattled mine

Bob Brown Foundation is carrying out a protest at the controversial Tasmanian Riley Creek mine lease this morning. Community activists have re-entered the site to protest Venture's resumption of operations in the World Heritage value takayna/Tarkine.

Two activists have attached themselves to the gate and mining machinery to call for an end to the mining and protection for takayna/Tarkine.

Venture Minerals recently announced that it was seeking finance for wet screening operations.

"Anyone considering financing this mine should understand the opposition to this mine's environmental impacts and the company's track record of misinforming shareholders and deceptive public statements,” Scott Jordan said.

"While the government stands by and condones the destruction of this important habitat and landscape, members of the community will continue to stand up in defence of the natural and heritage values of the area", said takayna/Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan.

"This mine will disastrously impact the survival of local Tasmanian Devil and Spotted tailed Quoll populations and will degrade the World Heritage value landscapes,” Scott Jordan said.

“Threats to takayna/Tarkine are relentless. The logging and mining of stripping bare these lands for greed. takayna was looked after by the Tasmanian Aboriginal people before invasion and need to be returned to their management instead of the miners and loggers.

Today the mining madness is being stopped by citizens who will stand up and halt this devastation. We will not give up in defence of our wild and threatened places,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Organiser Erik Hayward said.

“The Tasmanian government are shamefully dragging their heels and failing to protect takayna/Tarkine as a world heritage national park. As long as they destroy its globally significant values we will put the international spotlight on this environmental and climate crime,” Scott Jordan said.


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  • Adrienne Watt
    commented 2020-10-20 20:02:40 +1100
    I cannot believe the unique & rare Tarkine wilderness is still being decimated by logging & mining. This needs World Heritage protection, it is a remaining part of the Gondwana forests, of which so little still stands. Thank you to the committed forest protectors for standing for
    Country. I have trekked in the Tarkine Wilderness & visited the coastal areas, it’s a very special place that needs to be protected for future generations.