Takayna logging protest enters twenty-third day.

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Protest actions defending forests on the Arthur River in Takayna have entered their twenty-third day as protestors again occupy the road to the controversial logging coupe. The forests are home to endangered species including the Wedge-tailed Eagle and Tasmanian Masked Owl along with the Azure Kingfisher.

“When government fails to protect our precious places, the community must stand up. Here in the Arthur River forests the government has not only failed, they have willfully ignored the evidence of Tasmanian Masked Owl sightings and recordings to continue their destruction”, said Scott Jordan, Bob Brown Foundation Takayna / Tarkine Campaigner.

“The Rockliff government’s response has been more police and unlawful, unlicensed security. It’s protection for the marauders, not the forests,” said Scott Jordan.

“The community, however, are showing they will not stand by while these forests fall. In the past twenty-three days, we have seen members of the community risk arrest and prosecution to ensure these forests stand and that the wildlife that depend on them retain this vital habitat. As each one is arrested or issued police move-on orders, another arrives. This is the power of community. There are still forests standing that can be saved if the logging machines are evicted instead of the forest defenders,” said Scott Jordan

Protestor Wayne Gipters has locked onto a barrel blocking the public road into the forests, granting another respite from the chainsaws.

“I’m here in takayna with my friends from Bob Brown Foundation. We are here to stop this logging and destruction. We are here to protect all of the species who live here. We have to save them now and the logging must be stopped now,” said Wayne Gipters.

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