Update: 11:02am – Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea and his father Rick have been arrested. Luke said this morning that he hoped his actions would inspire others to find out what’s really happening at Maules Creek and to realise they can make a difference.
10:02am – Wins three Golden Guitars at Tamworth Country Music Festival, next minute locked-on to Whitehaven Coal’s pump. Luke O’Shea has gone from accolades to activism in a bid to highlight the plight of his community as he and his father, Rick, join the blockade against the Maules Creek coal mine, near Narrabri.
Videographer Paul Robert Burton managed to sneak along the river to get this from Luke at the pump station just before security arrived.