Protestors from Frontline Action on Coal have started a month worth of action by redecorating a billboard just outside Bowen on the Bruce Highway towards Townsville. The billboards reads ‘Adani Hates Workers’ and carries the Labor party’s logo.
The months of action will be taking place as part of the lead up to the 30th June, when groups across Australia are expected to hold protests to call for no new coal projects in Australia.
One of the creators of the spoof Labor billboard, Jade Hill said: ‘The new, improved billboards represent what the majority of Australians are thinking, and what Labor should be admitting. Adani doesn’t care about workers and jobs, only about how much money he can make. If this mine goes ahead it will cause climate chaos and will be thoroughly automated, providing very few jobs for local workers.’
The billboard was in response to fifteen workers at Adani’s Townsville headquarters being told that their contracts would expire at the end of the month, further reducing employee numbers down to around 100 from a high of 150.
The build-up to the 30th June day of action has included banner drops, blockades, occupations and guerilla projections from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the north.
Frontline Action on Coal says that over thirty actions are planned across the country for 30 June and that ‘many people are preparing to break the law for the first time in their lives’ in order to ‘protect country and safeguard a liveable planet for generations to come’. The protests will target politicians, coal mining companies and contractors associated with the Adani mine.