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Update: Ms Haggarty has safely abseiled down of her own volition and is now in police custody. Trains were stopped for over six hours as a result of her actions.

Front Line Action on coal has again halted coal trains running to Adani-owned Abbot Point Coal Port.

Tayla Jay Haggarty is currently suspended above train lines running to the port, with her suspension system attached to the rails.

The Brisbane student hoisted herself into position high above Aurizon’s coal railway in the early hours of the morning, and alerted authorities that she had blocked the train line.

‘I think it’s really sad but also interesting that for me, as a person, to peacefully occupy this tree is a crime, but the actions of corporations such as Adani who are profiting off the destruction of this beautiful country are not only accepted but encouraged by this government.’ said Ms Haggarty.

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Frontline Action on Coal has been active in Bowen and the Galilee region for almost six months now and has stopped work on the construction of a new rail line and operations at the Abbot Point coal terminal numerous times.

The group has already caused significant financial burden to the Adani and Aurizon companies through work delays, demonstrating a high level of risk to potential investors.

‘We expect that the Queensland government will adhere to their promise to not approve any public funds for Adani’s disastrous coal mine, and veto any NAIF loan to Aurizon for a new rail line’ Ms Haggarty said. ‘We will continue to use peaceful measures to disrupt any company that threatens the Galilee with dangerous fossil fuel projects.’

 


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome job Tayla. The world needs more and more courageous people such as yourself to stand up for what is right. We did it with CSG in the N.R. thanks to big efforts from many people all working together. Go the good people!

  2. These actions really make no difference at all.

    Your time would be better spent getting an education and joining society.

    Then you could make a real difference and actually understand that change must be gradual.

    The economic reality is that uneducated activists and retirees are being used by the 0.1% to slow the flow of cheap energy from coal driving up the price if energy.

    This makes the ludicrous proposition of franking shale to produce gas economically viable.

    Do you really expect 1/7th of the world to do without while you deal with your third world problems of how to get your gluten free, lactose free, chai latte while perched above a rail line?

    Wake up Australia and actually do something to make positive change, instead of these tantrums which are counterproductive to your cause.

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