Bob Brown Foundation disputes claims that community opposition to planned tailings dam in takayna rainforest threatens the life of MMG's Rosebery mine.
"Leaving it to the last minute to create a plan for toxic waste storage dumps should not result in takayna wilderness bearing the brunt of poor planning by MMG to secure the life of their Rosebery mine. These claims, in fact, provide an insight into the reality that mining companies such as MMG and Venture Minerals have no plan at all outside short term profits," said Bob Brown Foundation's Erik Hayward.
"Let’s not forget the legacy of the recent Shree Minerals Mine at Nelson Bay River, also in takayna. Seven months in, going gets tough and we are left with a gaping hole scarring one of the most significant cultural landscapes of this ‘clean green’ island state. No attempt has been made to regenerate the area. The same will go for Riley Creek once this downturn pushes Venture off their misadventure. The scars already inflicted on MMG’s proposed tailings dam site in takayna also will take millennia to heal.”
"What MMG's chief executive Geoffrey Gao clearly does not understand is that lutruwita / Tasmania does not need its ancient landscapes wiped from the face of the earth, in order to line the Chinese government's pockets. We invite Mr Gao to join us in the threatened rainforests at his earliest convenience, to move away from the desktop projections and lines on maps to the real life forests, mountains and rivers which he is set to destroy," concluded Mr Hayward.