Forest defenders have re-entered the rainforests to prevent MMG's plans for a toxic, heavy metals tailings waste dump in southern takayna / Tarkine.
Artist Jo Wilmot (61) is preventing access to the threatened forests by occupying a blockade structure on Helilog road.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to spend the night here in defence of this magnificent place, listening to the cries of the Masked Owl. Their future, our future, depends on this living breathing place," said Jo Wilmot.
“Today we will have a new Environment Minister. The public will be urging the new Minister to act fast to protect takayna from mining threats and the tailings dam proposed by Chinese state owned MMG,” Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan said.
“This will be an opportunity for the incoming Minister to show their Government's mettle on the environment. Will they side with the planet and its defenders or will they side with the Chinese Government owned miner who is right now ignoring Australian environment laws and illegally working without EPBC permits," said Scott Jordan.
Two people were arrested yesterday holding MMG out of their illegal roadworks. These illegal works commenced 22 days ago with no action or prosecution forthcoming under the previous government.