Bob Brown Foundation is calling for miner MMG to leave takayna / Tarkine after two protestors were arrested today defending the rainforests and critical breeding Masked Owl habitat from a proposed heavy metals tailings waste dump.
Two peaceful protestors have been arrested and released on bail after spending the day in a tree sit and atop a tripod preventing illegal roadworks in takayna /Tarkine today. Machines were prevented from continuing illegal activity for 8 hours. Tasmania Police used move on powers to clear the public forests so miner MMG could proceed with the controversial activity.
“We have a stacked deck here. MMG can illegally progress roadworks for its proposed toxic, heavy metals tailings dam with impunity while citizens standing in the way of these machines face arrest and convictions”, said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
“If only our government would channel a small part of its enthusiasm for prosecuting peaceful protestors into enforcing environmental laws then maybe the MMGs of the world would be inclined to treat environmental laws as optional”.
“It is unfair that we seem to have two very different standards at play. There is still time to save the rainforests and protect the breeding habitat for the Tasmanian Masked Owls. MMG has a viable option to build a paste-fill plant at their Rosebery mine site, the Owls have no alternative,” Scott Jordan said.
The roadworks on Helilog Road were referred for EPBC assessment (2021/8909) in May 2021, and are awaiting MMG’s submission of an Environmental Impact Statement for final assessment. The assessment will assess impacts on Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Wedge-tail Eagle and Tasmanian Masked Owl. A separate EPBC permit was granted for drilling and trackworks, however, this permit is currently subject to a reconsideration after the former Environment Minister received new evidence from Bob Brown Foundation demonstrating the presence of Tasmanian Masked Owl on the site despite the company claiming the contrary.