Equivalent area of the giant dead zones where all rainforests, forests, owl habitat in takayna will be lost by MMG’s planned heavy metals tailings waste dump. Everything inside the red boundaries will be demolished, killed and buried by sludge.
IN Tasmania's takayna/Tarkine, mining company MMG wants to destroy 285 hectares of rainforest and melaleuca forest to dump twenty five million cubic metres of toxic, acid-producing mine tailings.
Threatened is World Heritage value rainforests and critical breeding habitat for the Tasmanian Masked Owl.
This area is home to numerous endangered species, including the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle, the Tasmanian Devil and the Spotted-tailed Quoll.
Significantly, within the boundaries marked for destruction, our science team conducted the best research on Tasmanian Masked Owls.
Tasmanian Masked Owls pair for life, occupy a permanent territory and rely on hollows in old-growth trees for survival. Vulnerable to extinction, they are losing habitat across lutruwita / Tasmania. This tailings dam will devastate this habitat, with the potential to cause nest abandonment and ultimately destruction of a vast tract of its habitat.
Our Foundation has held MMG's machinery back since December 2020, but the company is pushing ahead for federal environmental approvals.
We need you to urge Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek to use her powers under the Environment protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to reject this proposal to destroy ancient wild forests and habitat for rare and endangered wildlife.