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Byron Shire
May 12, 2021

Anti-Adani coal mine actions heating up

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Anti-Adani activists have a tight schedule this week: targeting Queensland MPs today, Richmond MP Justine Elliott tomorrow, and on Wednesday hearing from North Coast Greens MP Dawn Walker, who was arrested at the mine site.

Tweed campaigners against the controversial Adani coal mine project in Queensland are gathering at Queensland’s parliament this morning in a bid to stop taxpayer funding for a proposed rail line in the Galilee basin.

Queensland MPs are due to vote on funding the Aurizon’s proposed rail line on February 13.

Tomorrow the campaigners will move their attention to Federal Labor MP Justine Elliott’s office in Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South (opposite Tweed City), planning to gather at 10.30am.

They will demand she uses her influence to convince the ALP to change its federal policy to ‘no new coal mines’, and to highlight that its pro-coal mine policies are at odds with their climate action policies and with what most Labor voters want.

Despite experts saying that we must move away from coal and other fossil fuels to successfully combat climate change, the Australian Labor Party is planning a massive expansion of the coal mining industry if they win office, the group says.

‘The justification for new coal mines is economic growth and job creation,’ according to Stop Adani Tweed spokesperson Barry Firth.

‘However, much of the mining industry is automated and as we know there are no jobs or prosperity on a dead planet.

‘Only 1,494 jobs would be created as a result of the Adani coal mine. With more than 69,000 tourism-related jobs at stake if we allow coal to trash the Great Barrier Reef.

‘We believe that if the Labor Party abandoned its pro-coal policies and fully supported renewables it would send a strong message to mining companies and investors that there is no long-term certainty or viability in the coal mining industry,’ Mr Firth said.

North Coast Greens MP Dawn Walker outside the Adani mine site in Queensland. (supplied)

Meanwhile, North Coast Greens MP Dawn Walker will be speaking about her recent visit to the frontline of the Adani mine site at an evening of conversation and short film from 7:15 pm on Wednesday in Mullumbimby.

Ms Walker was arrested at the Adani site blockading with other climate activists to protect climate and country from this destructive mega-mine.

‘I was proud to stop work on the Adani mine and be arrested with climate activists who understand the importance of preventing this destructive project from going ahead,’ Ms Walker said.

‘Traditional owners have said ‘no means no’ to Adani and made it clear they will not be surrendering their land and water to this coal corporation.

‘I’m appalled by the way this mine is tearing Indigenous communities apart and offering a sub-standard agreement to traditional owners for their land, with little economic opportunity,

‘Although this mine is miles from anywhere, the eyes of all Australia are on it. We travelled days to get there, but believe many more will follow.’

The evening is hosted by the Stop Adani Byron Shire group at Wildspace Mullumbimby at 91 Main Arm Road, Mullumbimby and will include a screening of Dawn’s short film from the trip.

Entry is free and will begin at 7:15PM.

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  1. The heat-up is on. In undiluted English & any other language… The ALP
    is playing ‘each way’ & it stinks. The people have said 1/ no Adani. 2/ no
    Aurizon rail line. 3/ no new coal mines. AND we can count. Adani offers
    1,494 jobs. Tourism jobs employs 69,000. Do the maths if nothing else!!!

  2. There is a brand new 10 million tonne mine being built right now , only 150 ks from Adani s mine site…????? looks like you guys have missed the boat on that one….

  3. Would Dawn and her Marxist Greens think positive towards coal export if it went via a shipping port in the Gulf of Carpentaria instead of being loaded on the East Coast inside the Reef ?

  4. In acknowledging the enthusiasm with which the case is prosecuted against coal, coal miners, governments and anyone else who gets in the way of uneducated zealotry, I am compelled to point out that the claims in this article are alarmist, if not wrong.

    Let’s start with threats to environment and the Great Barrier Reef in particular. For the past 70 years, coal ships have moved through the world heritage area along with vessels carrying tourists, fuel, food, sugar, timber etc etc. There has been one recorded incident of damage to the reef by a coal ship – in 2010 off Gladstone. This event resulted in the extension of REEFVTS monitoring services to cover the entire reef (3,200km) from Cape York to Bundaberg.

    The scientific community attests that water quality (terrestrial run-off) represents the greatest threat to the future of the reef. Coral bleaching and water acidifcation is in the mix (well behind starfish and storms), but you need to accept based on current greenhouse gas predictions that abandoning the entire Australian continent tomorrow would reduce agricultural runoff but have no impact whatsoever on the other two factors as the world will continue to use coal, which is mined commercially in 68 countries.

    On jobs – yes, there are more than 65,000 jobs associated with tourism on the reef (including the people who work in mainland motels) and they are also among the lowest paid in the country. Ever wondered why so many backpackers work on Queensland’s island resorts? The quoted 1,494 jobs with Adani are direct mine workers, who will have to be transported, clothed, fed and housed. They will also be paid around twice the Australian average wage. They will use equipment that has to be maintained, repaired and replaced, just like the millions of dollars in infrastructure that is needed to support a new town. Ditto the 300km+ railway line and Abbot Point coal terminal.

    Here’s the kicker. You do know that it’s Greens policy in Queensland to support the continuing operation of coal mines producing metallurgical coal? There are 50 coal mines in Queensland and most of them produce metallurgical coal. It is combined with iron ore to make steel and there are no known substitutes.

    • And Gladstone is well-known for having totally toxic waters – no fishing industry or consumable marine life because of this incident and the unbridled greed which toxic mining, including a shale oil project which killed people, has caused. So it only takes one accident through allowing greedy non-royalty non-taxpaying multinationals and others to rape the land and seas to wreck Australia’s biggest asset – a green and clean environment which supports sustainable industries such as tourism and food production. 1464 jobs, most of them FIFOs and in Adani admin across Australia, as stated in the Land Court by Adani’ s own economist – “Over the life of the project it is projected that on average around 1,464 employee years of full time equivalent direct and indirect jobs will be created.”
      that worth wrecking everyone else’s future for? It doesn’t stack up on any level. Quensland miners in existing projects are also against this because the competition will take their jobs away from them. And of course the motive for this unviable Adani misadventure? To shore up his unsustainable port development and extract billions for his family trust. The taxpayer will have to stump up when Adani walks away from the project, and the feckless LNP will no doubt plunge more of our budget into making it work so the other bigwigs like Gina Rinehart can enter the diabolical plundering of the Galilee Basin. Like she needs any more billions! Sustainable industries and a cleaner future is a better route for all.

  5. G’day again. Yes, Tony. The ‘other’ mine is the Carmichael … it’s well known who owns
    & supports it. Interesting points made, Gary. Hey, going back 70 years – small amounts
    of coal got shifted – not a patch on today’s father-load I reckon. The steel issue, why
    not purchase that or the metallurgical coal & do an iron ore mix if it becomes a must?
    As you’ve said – Gary – 68 countries mine coal. No need to do it here & employ 1,494
    workers when there’s 65,000 jobs already filled via resorts etc. As someone who
    employed restaurant workers, I always paid the going rate & added a bonus when-
    ever times were extra busy. We’re all friends today. They got their university degrees,
    3 of them are doctors, 1 a dentist, & the other 4 specialize around the world in their
    chosen fields.

  6. The new Airport at the Adani mine is being built. Tenders for ballast for the rail line have been let. Employment for technical and engineering staff has commenced.
    Gina Reinhart is following closely behind Adani.
    The project is a fabulous piece of infrastructure for FNQ. Quality coal, export income and a boon for the poorest of Indians. They will be getting what we take for granted. Grid electricity.


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