25 protestors have walked into Venture Minerals' proposed tin and tungsten mine on Mount Lindsay in Tasmania's takayna / Tarkine.
Following a 62km ultra-marathon held over the weekend, the runners have today continued their epic adventure and walked into Mount Lindsay, where Jennie Bock, aged 64 has locked onto a drill rig, supported by her husband and 2 daughters.
Jennie is a retired Registered Nurse from Taroona. She has been campaigning for the protection of the Tarkine since 1995 and believes passionately that this area should be given the World Heritage protection that it deserves.
“I have chosen to lock myself to this piece of machinery today as this rainforest is simply too precious to lose," said Jennie Bock.
She reminisces to the last time she was arrested, at Mother Cummings Peak; pregnant with her first child, who is now 23 years old and here standing in solidarity with her Mum.
“This mine cannot be allowed to go ahead. We are here today to show Venture Minerals and their stakeholders and investors that this mine has no social license.
Venture Minerals aim to capitalise on fluctuated market prices, with no care for the fact that we are in the middle of a climate and biodiversity crisis.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley should put a STOP to this destruction and reject Venture's plan to mine Mt Lindsay. Everybody in Australia needs to see what is happening here,” said Lisa Searle, campaign organiser for the Bob Brown Foundation.