Parliamentarians join community walk-on to stop Adani’s ill-fated coal mine
UPDATE: 14 people have been arrested at the Adani rail work site near Belyando Crossing, QLD, including NSW including NSW Parliamentarians Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker. Two people were locked on to the gate, including a grandmother who was locked on for over 7 hours. No work was able to take place at the site today due to the action.
Belyando, 6th December: Joined by NSW Parliamentarians Jeremy Buckingham and Dawn Walker, dozens of people have walked on to Adani’s rail construction site in Central Queensland, stopping work on the ill-fated mega coal mine. This morning’s action is part of a growing wave of disruption to stop the mine and comes just days after several of China’s largest banks including two of the world’s largest lenders to coal – ruled out funding for the project.
Some of the people have locked on to the entrance gates whilst a large group is occupying the work site, stopping work on the rail line.
“Although we are MPs from NSW, this is an issue of national and international significance. Adani represents a line in the sand for all those concerned about climate change who do not want to see a new coal precinct opened up in Australia. We stand with all those opposed to this crazy coal mine,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham
“Although this mine is miles from anywhere, the eyes of all Australians are on it. We have travelled days to get here but believe me many more will follow. I’m appalled by the way this project is tearing indigenous communities apart and offering a sub standard agreement to Traditional Owners for their land, with little economic opportunity. On every level this operation doesn’t stack up,” said Greens MP Dawn Walker.
“I’m a law abiding citizen, mother and grandmother. The impacts of Adani’s mine are terrifying. The world is moving beyond coal. It’s ludicrous that a country as sunny and windy as Australia is even considering this ridiculous mine. It would be a terrible investment in a miserable future,” said retiree Audrey Cooke.
“This mine is doomed. Twenty seven of the world’s largest banks won’t touch it. The Queensland Government says it won’t fund it. And the community is overwhelmingly opposed to it. Adani is a fighting a losing battle and we’re here today to show that the community will stay for as long as it takes for Adani to walk away,” said Anandan Mcewen, one of the protestors.
“We know that thousands of people are prepared to join us here in Central Queensland. We won’t stand idly by and let Adani trash our climate, wreck our Reef, and run roughshod over Traditional Owner rights,” concluded Mr Mcewen.
Civil disobedience has been taking place in and around Adani’s work sites in Central Queensland since August with more actions planned over the coming weeks and mass mobilisations flagged for early next year.
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