This morning protesters have returned to the contentious Tarkine forests where a Chinese state-owned mining company is destroying rainforests for exploratory drilling. The drilling is the first phase before flattening ancient rainforests for a proposed monster size 140 hectare heavy metals tailings dam.
“We are here to disrupt this invasion of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests by MMG. Every day for the past nine days we have been rolling out non violent direct action to try and prevent the destruction of Gondwanan tall myrtle rainforests and tall eucalyptus habitat for endangered species like the Masked Owl,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“Ten arrests later and we are still witnessing the Chinese state owned mining company MMG tear apart the rainforests. It needs to stop,” Jenny Weber said.
“Rather than sending in Tasmania’s taxpayer funded police force on behalf of a mining company, Premier Gutwein could have leadership and protect takayna/Tarkine for its world heritage values,” Jenny Weber said.
“I am here taking direct action to defend the forests because words have failed to protect takayna/Tarkine. We have a responsibility to defend these native forests and keep their rich biodiversities intact,” Carol Bennett who is this morning attached to the MMG access gate that has locked up public forests for destruction.