Tasmania’s Tarkine is Australia’s largest temperate rainforest, a globally significant tract of unique rainforest, in urgent need of protection from destruction. This morning Tasmanian nurse Jacqui McElwee was arrested for blocking the road into a contentious proposed tailings dam site.
Bob Brown Foundation is accelerating emergency actions in the rainforests of takayna/Tarkine as mining company MMG claims they do not have alternatives to dump their heavy metals tailings waste than flattening the vast tract of primeval rainforest.
“A monstrous heavy metals tailings dam should not cost a rainforest. We have entered a new era with the climate and extinction crises where flattening 285 hectares of rainforest, tall eucalyptus forest and threatened species habitat is entirely unacceptable,”Bob Brown Foundation Jenny Weber said.
“This morning another team of concerned citizens carried out a protest on the access road to where MMG is building roads. Their road building has been delayed every day for six weeks by hundreds of citizens calling for protection not the destruction of the precious forests,” Jenny Weber said.
“Deep in the threatened forests is a tree sit that has been in the canopy for three weeks. Our rainforest occupation has been monitoring the forests for wildlife and broadcasting what is threatened by this toxic proposal,” Jenny Weber said.
“Our non-violent battle for takayna/Tarkine is unrelenting as this proposed tailings dam is a monstrous threat to wildlife, climate, and nature. In a time when all intact forests and threatened species habitat needs protection,” Jenny Weber said.