23.3 C
Byron Shire
May 9, 2021

Protestors target construction company BMD over contract with Adani

Latest News

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Other News

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news, like, this afternoon (April 20), that 370+ kilos of tuna...

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...

On-farm restaurant’s sustainable vision

Frida’s Field is an on-farm restaurant based in Nashua, just ten minutes from Bangalow. Hosting three long lunches per...

Thanks for Bob

Jo Faith, Newtown I wish to thank The Echo for printing the article by Bob Morgan, First Nations academic. This...

Local kite surfer smashes long distance world record

It was a cold, windy night on the rugged NSW south coast and Brian Kiss von Soly was wrapped up in a silver emergency blanket like a human burrito. 

Paul Bibby

Fifteen protestors have this morning delayed work on the Haughton River Floodplain upgrade on the Bruce Highway, demanding that project contractor BMD cuts ties with  Adani’s Carmichael coal mine.

The group blocked access to workers entering the site just south of Townsville at 6am, following the announcement this week that BMD had confirmed its contract on Adani’s rail line.

Protestors block work by construction company BMD which has signed up to help build the Adani coal mine. Image: Fonrtline Action on Coal

A spokesperson for the group, Andrea Valenzuela, said a leaked internal company email suggested that BMD was expecting public backlash over their involvement with the mine.

‘They are right to expect that because no company has a right to profit from a climate emergency,’ Ms Valenzuela said.

‘Every climate crime has global repercussions, but only a select few will be reaping the so-called ‘benefits’.

On its website, BMD says its ‘goal for each project is to leave a minimum impact on the environment’.

Ms Valenzuela said the company had shown their claims of environmental credibility to be ‘nothing more than hot air’.

‘They say this project will generate jobs, but in the face of the climate crisis, work that openly rejects scientific warnings about the effects of more coal mines is not constructive.

‘Work that compromises existing industries, undermining jobs in agriculture and with the Great Barrier Reef, is not true development. BMD’s business model is the destruction of our climate.

‘BMD’s slogan is “we see things differently”. We urge them to look at our planet and see more than just dollar signs.’

Meanwhile, at the Abbott Point, a protester crawled under a live, operating ship-loading conveyor belt in a bid to stop the project.

Three others locked themselves on to unloading equipment.

The CEO of Abbot Point Operations, Dwayne Freeman, described the protestors as ‘climate extremists’.

‘These individuals have no knowledge of a heavy industrial site like ours and this sort of protest activity brings a high risk that someone will be seriously injured or killed as a result of their dangerous actions,’ Mr Freeman said.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. I agree with Andrea. Yes… BMD [why can’t they just run
    a ‘bead & breakfast] does see things differently & maybe
    (I jest) the ‘the second coming’ is one of them too. So…
    seriously – creating jobs when that work’s already done
    via the ‘reef’ plus full-on workers in the tourism industry
    is crazy. BMD sends a rotten call to farmers & their food
    line. Remember ‘WATER’ is life & that’s to be taken away
    by Adani (oh, what a crooked web we weave -read it as
    deception). More so: instead read it as ‘stolen’. Coal
    mining needs to be stopped for our sake. The ‘Monster’
    that’s exported to world markets from OZ is dangerous.
    It’s global criminality.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.