Simultaneous protests will be held today in Tasmania’s Tarkine rainforests while members of the public will demonstrate outside Venture Minerals AGM in Perth WA.
“This morning at one of eight proposed drilling sites in ancient takayna rainforest at Mt Lindsay, our protest is again shutting down the drill rig to prevent further damage to this precious landscape”, said Bob Brown Foundation takayna/Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan from Perth this morning.
Later today, Bob Brown Foundation Campaigners and Perth locals will be at Venture Minerals AGM reminding shareholders of the risks of the company’s proposed mine in Tasmania’s spectacular takayna/Tarkine.
“Mining in takayna/Tarkine is last century thinking, and Venture Minerals’ shareholders need to know that despite the company’s attempts to brand its mine as ‘green tin’, the destruction of carbon rich ancient rainforest ecosystems in a climate and biodiversity crisis overshadows what kind of electricity you use to power that destruction," said Mr Jordan.
Karen Keefe, a midwife from NW Tasmania, is facing arrest today after locking herself to the drill rig, “this vast tract of ancient temperate rainforest of world heritage value provides rich critical habitat for all forms of life. The continued destruction and desecration of this land by Venture Minerals must not be allowed to continue,” said Ms Keefe.
“Our protests at the Mount Lindsay site in takayna will continue for as long as they have to to get Venture Minerals out of this area. We are not backing down. We have shown how passionate and committed we are to these forests during our campaign to get MMG out, and now we will continue to campaign against Venture for as long as it takes. They are not welcome here,” said Bob Brown Foundation campaign organiser Dr Lisa Searle.