Protests in takayna/Tarkine continue as mining company MMG continues to push roads into Australia’s largest temperate rainforests. To date, fifty forest defenders have been arrested defending takayna/Tarkine. This morning retired medical practitioner Scott Bell (70) and retired veterinary surgeon Andrew Browne (68) are locked onto the gate, blocking the road into MMG's proposed heavy metals tailings dam site this morning.
"Yesterday marked the fiftieth protesters arrested in 42 days. Scott and Andrew are risking arrest this morning to protect Tasmania's takayna/Tarkine, a place that meets seven criteria of World Heritage Status and deserves protection," said Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber.
"MMG has other options for their tailings dam than takayna. There is growing statewide and national pressure to protect takayna/Tarkine and for MMG to get out of this ancient rainforest." said takayna/Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordon.
“I’m here to save takayna from destruction from mining and logging for my grandchildren and their progeny to inherit," Andrew Browne said while locked on to the gate and blocking access to the site.
“I’m prepared to face the consequences of my actions because the science tells us that the relentless progression of habitat loss, species extinction, and environmental degradation means simply that we are running out of time,” said Scott Bell.
MMG has publicly stated that they have several options outside takayna/Tarkine for their tailings dam.