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Protesters in the Tarkine again today, trying to save the forest. Photo supplied

This morning three people have been arrested in Tasmania’s takayna/Tarkine on the access road to the proposed MMG’s tailings dam.

Delaying rainforest destruction for seven hours, activists Karen Weldrick (61) and Claire Brownhill (20) blocked the main gate by securing themselves with a lock on device, while Tyla Bickley (23) locked on to an excavator that has been building new roading and drilling pads.

Campaign Organiser Erik Hayward said mining company MMG has been destroying rainforest with a new road. ‘Tall myrtles, sassafras, and tree ferns have been bulldozed to one side. Scars etched into this wilderness area back to bare mineral earth.’

‘People from all over Australia from all walks of life are flying down here to join the effort to push MMG and their proposed wilderness tailings dump out of takayna/Tarkine. These people are willing to defy an unjust law and give up an arrest for what they believe is right,’ said Mr Hayward.

Tarkine campaigner Scott Jordan said today’s brave activists join many more and have said ‘Not today. Not on our watch’. ‘We barricaded the single access point. MMG should abandon plans in takayna/Tarkine and pursue alternative options.

‘This is Australia’s largest temperate rainforest in urgent need of protection’.


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  1. There have been 9 arrests in Tasmania’s Tarkine at this MMG blockade over the past 7 days. Bulldozers have moved in to clear tracks and clear drilling pads and the project hasn’t even got EPBC approval yet. It’s tragic and it’s avoidable. Please join the activists and help protect this pristine landscape. We need you. Contact the Bob Brown Foundation to join us.

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