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Byron Shire
December 1, 2022

No to Adani coal mine

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The experts are saying that the gravest threat facing the planet over the next decade is climate change. As the devastating impacts of climate change will affect each and every one of us, it is up to governments at all levels and all members of the community to take responsibility and do something about it.

Our Tweed Greens Mayor Katie Milne has done just that. She put up a successful notice of motion at the 27 October meeting for Council to write to the Prime Minister and Queensland Premier to express Council’s concern about the extraction of 2.3 billion tonnes of coal from Adani’s planned Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin, which would result in 4.6 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions.  The resolution also requires disclosure by civil construction tenders of any involvement in providing services to, or contracting for, the development and operation of this mine and consideration of a Council policy position if that is the case. [NOTE: A similar motion was recently passed by the Lismore Council.]

According to Tweed Council’s guiding principles, it should ‘carry out its functions in a way that facilitates a local community that is strong, healthy and prosperous’. Their responsibilities therefore embrace all the issues which put residents at risk, eg extreme weather events, homelessness, inequality and domestic violence. If the issue is not within their jurisdiction, it is up to Council to make recommendations to the relevant state or federal body and advocate for better outcomes for residents. Their responsibility goes well beyond roads, rates and rubbish.

If we are serious about reducing the impacts of climate change, we should be phasing out existing coal mines, not building new ones. If New Zealand can plan for a transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035, so can we! 

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  1. A truly great decision made by the Tweed Council. A pity not all Councillors vote for a clean environment, what would you expect though from the three ‘development at any cost’ right wing Councillors being, Polglase, Owen and Allslop.

  2. State and Federal government are responsible for Adani not local Councils who’s only responsibility is to their ratepayers . If coal loading on the Qld coast is such a danger to the Reef why hasn’t it been detected on the Reef ?
    The Reef is a living organism that exists no different to trees on the land that they evolve through their seasonal cycle that will see them flower and shed their leaves throughout their existence much like the bleaching look of the Reef .
    I am for the mine but I am against us paying a $ 1 billion loan for them to build a rail when the Qld coal train operators offered to build the track themselves at their expense recouping their money from Adani not us .


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