Forest defenders are today halting road building in Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine rainforests as one protester, Jai Onay, has attached himself to a machine to prevent ongoing destruction.

Chinese state owned mining company MMG wants to build a new tailings storage dam in 285 hectares of intact ancient rainforests. Bob Brown Foundation is calling for emergency protection of takayna/Tarkine as the mining company's machines continue to push in new roads.

After 35 days of protest and 34 citizens arrested for defending takayna/Tarkine, the Tasmanian Premier is failing to broker a win-win solution for Australia’s largest temperate rainforests and the Rosebery community.

“MMG’s future at Rosebery does not need to cost a rainforest. MMG have alternatives for their tailings storage that don’t require the flattening of rainforests,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

“While we wait for the Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, to declare this proposed environmental catastrophe 'clearly unacceptable' there is ongoing damage to takayna/Tarkine right now,”

Attached to the machine, Jai Onay said, “I feel powerful, I feel strong...I feel hopeful that we'll get a very strong message to the people through these actions, that we need to save our natural environments, not put them in jeopardy. We're in some of the oldest temperate rainforests in the world, they're very precious.”

This is a rainforest emergency at a time when large tracts of intact rainforests and native forests are critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the impacts of global warming, and slowing the extinction of wildlife,” Jenny Weber said

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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2021-06-22 12:20:53 +1000