Bail after protest at site of Gunns pulp mill

Anti-pulp mill protester Garry Stannus outside the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON
Anti-pulp mill protester Garry Stannus outside the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

A BLACKMANS Bay man was bailed yesterday after being remanded in custody on Thursday night over a protest at the Gunns pulp mill site earlier in the day.

Inspector John King said police were called to the pulp mill site at 1.20pm after being told that several people were trespassing on an access road.

"Police attended and observed two protesters chained to two loaded Hazell Bros semi-trailer trucks," Inspector King alleged yesterday.

"The trucks were transporting portable office buildings on to Gunns' land and were prevented from moving by the protesters."

Inspector King said two female protesters who identified themselves as members of protest group Code Green refused to detach themselves from the trucks.

They were eventually removed from the vehicles by police and arrested before being charged with trespass and were bailed to appear before the Launceston Magistrates Court at a later date.

Three males and a third female were also charged with trespass, with Inspector King said the trucks involved in the incident were delayed for about 90 minutes.