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Takayna/Tarkine Must Be Protected from Toxic Mine Dump

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 3 June 2021

Tags: takayna / Tarkine, Forests

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The proposed MMG (Australia) Ltd tailings dam would dump millions of tonnes of toxic mine waste in to World and National Heritage value forests in Takayna/Tarkine. 

It cannot be allowed to proceed. 
The 74% Chinese Government owned MMG wants to clear 285 hectares of forested wild lands to pump toxic mine waste across the Pieman River in to a currently forested valley.

The massive tracts of forest MMG plan to clear includes pristine rainforest.
The Australian Heritage Council recommended the takayna/Tarkine wilderness and cultural landscape be National Heritage listed in 2012.  Almost a decade later, it is under increasing threat.
The forests west of Rosebery have been independently assessed as having World Heritage and National Heritage value. To destroy them would be a travesty and a damning indictment on the Gutwein and Morrison Governments. 
The large, intact forests which would be smashed by MMG are habitat for threatened and endangered species, like the Tasmanian devil, wedge-tailed eagle, swift parrot, masked owl, curlew sandpiper, and even the precious Tasmanian azure kingfisher. 
MMG has not even conducted the environmental studies required to determine the proposed tailings dam’s impact on EPBC listed species.
In a time of climate and biodiversity crisis, these forests need to be protected, not destroyed to extend the life of an 85-year-old mine that has other options for its tailings dam.

Premier Gutwein needs to show some leadership. He should reach out to MMG and work with the company towards an alternative site that doesn’t flatten and poison the Tarkine’s remaining forests.