Media Release: Release Australia’s State of Environment Report now Tasmanian Masked Owls and Australia’s largest rainforests back in Federal court

Bob Brown Foundation is calling on Federal Environment Minister to release Australia’s State of Environment Report immediately.

Today, a Federal Court hearing was held for Bob Brown Foundation vs Federal Environment Minister & mining company MMG. Bob Brown Foundation is challenging the flawed decision on 6 January 2022 by the previous Federal Environment Minister to approve MMG’s proposed clearing of takayna / Tarkine rainforests and Masked Owl habitat for its proposed heavy metals tailing dam site.

Bob Brown Foundation is pleased that the hearing date set down for 19th July has been maintained, despite Environment Minister Plibersek indicating her preference for an adjournment to an unspecified date.

“We are seeing unnecessary delays to an urgently needed decision for takayna / Tarkine, where the Tasmanian Masked Owl and many other threatened species rely on the intact rainforests. Meanwhile, MMG is continuing with its works,” Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“MMG’s machines continue to operate on the site, while the minister has delayed her reconsideration of the flawed approval. Counsel for the government revealed Minister Plibersek is not going to decide on the reconsideration until mid-July at the earliest, a month later than the court was previously told,” Scott Jordan said.

“Minister Plibersek could, and still can, intervene to evict MMG from takayna / Tarkine until this decision has been made. Instead, we are seeing the works pushing on before the validity of the approval is decided,” Scott Jordan said.

“The public does not want to wait another month to learn about the declining state of Australia’s environment. The new Federal Environment Minister has announced a long-awaited damning State of the Environment report will be released, but not for another month.”

“Australia’s environment continues to lose its unique wildlife-rich native forests to logging. Koala, Swift Parrot and Tasmanian Devil habitat is being destroyed, takayna / Tarkine has two new mine proposals and a planned heavy metals tailings dam, while the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching. Let’s not waste another day for the public to see this national environment report card,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-06-21 12:40:10 +1000