Mining Council releases desperate PR bid to sell takayna / Tarkine

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Bob Brown Foundation is renewing calls for a securely protected takayna World Heritage listed National Park, returned to Aboriginal ownership as the Tasmanian Mining Council pressures governments to allow further destruction of one of Earth’s last wild places.

“What is missing for takayna is government leadership, Australia’s largest temperate rainforests and Aboriginal living landscapes are still not securely protected in secure conservation reserves. Our Foundation has been for the past decade holding off the logging and mining destruction of this spectacular region. Mining and logging in takayna is a destructive problem that now must be relegated to the past, the future of takayna is in a secure protected 500 000 hectare area. It requires a government to come good and realise the global significance of the natural and cultural values,” Jenny Weber, Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager said.

“takayna needs secure protection in this age of climate and biodiversity crises. The communities of North West Tasmania will be the guardians of one of the planet’s last wild places as nature itself offers some of the most effective solutions to avert the worst impacts of a warming planet,” Jenny Weber said.

“Today’s desperate PR launch by the Mining Council fails to mention the Nelson Bay River mine mess that currently has acid-producing waste left in the environment and the Riley Creek mine which is on the shelf due to financial troubles,” Jenny Weber said.

“There must be no new mines in takayna and no new environmentally destructive expansions to current mines. The Savage River mine is the only mine that will remain when takayna is declared a World Heritage listed National Park even though the mine is a sad legacy of dig up and destroy ancient rainforests,” Jenny Weber said.

“takayna needs secure protection from mining and logging now more than ever. 2023 was a year of record breaking increased threatened species listed in Australia, and it was the hottest year on record,” Jenny Weber said.

“Globally, there is widespread consensus that biodiversity loss and climate change are twin crises that must be addressed together to achieve success in either one. Protected and Conserved Areas are the most effective tool to address both biodiversity loss and climate change within a time-frame that reflects the required urgency,” Jenny Weber said.

For a stronger economy, resilient north west community and securing the benefits of a securely protected 500 000 hectares of takayna, we must hear the 2021 warning of UN Secretary General António Guterres’ that “we are digging our own graves by burning, drilling and mining deeper. We face a stark choice: either we stop it — or it stops us. It’s time to say ‘enough’. Enough of brutalizing biodiversity. Enough of killing ourselves with carbon. Enough of treating nature like a toilet.”

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