Six police cars arrived on the scene at the Allied Natural Wood Exports (ANWE) Eden Chip Mill, where members of Extinction Rebellion Bega Valley were blocking the entrance on Thursday morning, to deliberately disrupt work.
Two of the group members positioned a truck blocking the road from around 7am on Thursday (October 14) to stop any vehicles from entering or exiting the Eden Chip Mill.
No arrests have been made at this stage however protesters were given move on orders.
An Extinction Rebellion spokesperson said once Search and Rescue arrived around 12:45pm, the two group members on the truck realised things were about to ramp up and decided to come down and move along.
The pair were locked together through a medal pipe at their elbows.
Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, Sally-Anne Brown said the group protested to highlight the ‘code red for habitat’ because the collapse in ecosystems as well as climate was creating the code red emergency for humanity.
"Regional Forest Agreements and all levels of government have sanctioned the destruction of native forests and biodiversity," Ms Brown said.
"By making these unsustainable deals, government is perpetrating ecocide.”
Extinction Rebellion plans to continue its protest of the ANWE Eden Chip Mill, which they consider the region’s primary contributor to climate chaos and ecological destruction.
Bega Valley Shire Council has been contacted for comment and released this statement:
Bega Valley Shire Council is aware of planned protest action taking place at the Eden Chip Mill today.
With ANWE’s recent development activity still before the Land and Environment Court, Council is not in a position to make any comment at this time.
Eden Chip Mill/Pentarch Holdings have been contacted for comment.
Images: Extinction Rebellion Bega Valley