In Tasmania’s north-west today, two people were arrested during a protest that shut down Venture's Riley Creek mine in takayna / Tarkine. The site has a long history of controversy, with conservationists wanting the region to be protected in a World Heritage listed National Park and returned to Aboriginal ownership.
"Venture Minerals has known the value of this area since before it started exploration. Yet it has wilfully gone into an area that is precious to many Tasmanians, and to people from all around the world, who want this area protected. This company has brought this conflict to our shores," said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan.
"Community resistance is bubbling up all over the globe. In Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine, we will not back down from defending our ancient wild places. We will continue to fight for the future, for our children and for what is right," Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Organiser Erik Hayward said.
“The Riley creek mine has courted controversy since its inception more than a decade ago. Any profits from this mine threaten to progress more mines elsewhere in takayna / Tarkine. The endangered species in the area, Tasmanians, and the planet would benefit far more from a protected takayna / Tarkine rather than a World Heritage value landscape destroyed by mining, logging and off-road vehicle damage,” said Scott Jordan.