Protesters shut down Adani’s Abbot Point coal port
Five protesters have brought Adani's Abbot Point Coal terminal to a halt with four locking themselves to coal loading equipment since 10:30pm Thursday night.
The Abbot Point port can process up to 130,000 tonnes of coal per day, and is facing a significant risk of becoming stranded if the controversial Adani Carmichael mine fails to secure funding.
“We have reached a climate crisis – we cannot allow Adani to open up the Galilee Basin to coal mining,” said one of the protesters, 46-year-old Melbourne filmmaker Juliet Lamont, who is attached with her 19-year-old daughter, Luca Lamont.
“My daughter and I are doing this for her father and my late husband, Tom Lamont. Tom spent his life reminding us of our moral responsibility to take urgent action against catastrophic climate change.”
Also locked to the coal conveyor belt is Jeffrey Cantor, a 74-year-old ex-serviceman from Cairns.
“This port ships coal right through the Great Barrier Reef, which is on the brink of ecological collapse. We need to stop new coal to protect this fragile habitat,” said Cantor.
Also at Abbot Point is Tess Newport, a 22-year-old student from Melbourne. Newport said, “I grew up in a small rural community in Victoria, so I’ve seen first-hand the way in which the mining industry rips off workers, communities, and the environment. We don’t want jobs in a dying industry – we need jobs for the future.”
Another of the protesters currently locked to the machinery is Nic Avery, a 27-year-old student from Sydney. He said, “We oppose the government and the coal industry’s joint push to extinguish Indigenous land rights. Adani’s dirty coal project has no consent. The Traditional Owners have said no, climate scientists have said no, and we are here on the frontlines to say no.”
Already in 2018, members of Front Line Action on Coal have boarded a coal train and barricaded a coal railway near Bowen to protest coal mining in the Galilee Basin. The group is committed to sustained action against the Adani project.
Photos of the action are available here.
Video clip of a short statement on location (while locked on) here
For further comment:
Tess (currently locked to equipment at Abbot Point) – 0459 801 598
Aleesha (off-site) - 0455 876 765