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April 16, 2021

FKG targeted over connections to Adani rail line

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Protestors have blocked access to the Mackay office of engineering company FKG to demand that they step back from plans to help build the rail line for the Adani coal mine.

Backed by dozens of supporters, Graphic Designer Emma Capp, 45, locked herself onto the gates of the facility, stopping work for a number of hours.

Graphic designer Emma Capp has locked onto the front gate of FKG’s Mackay office. Image: Frontline Action on Coal

The action followed an FKG employee leaking an email on the company’s negotiations with BMD, the major contractor responsible for the Adani mine’s rail network.

FKG have refused to comment on the claims.

‘Companies whose business model is to profit from the destruction of our climate can expect resistance,’ Ms Capp said.

‘That includes resistance from their own staff members who do not want their work going towards projects that cause climate breakdown, and resistance from members of the community who will not allow our plant’s future to be sold off.’

This is the second protest in two days targeting FKG, following a woman locking herself to a truck at their Brisbane office yesterday.

Last week engineering firm Cardno became the 60th company to publicly rule out working with Adani.

‘FKG should follow the lead of 60 other companies and publicly state they will not work with Adani,’ Ms Capp said.

‘The work on Adani’s rail line is not worth the damage it will do their image, and it’s not worth the impact it will have on our climate and water.’

‘FKG have stated they have a commitment to “quality, safety and environment”. We urge them then to reject Adani’s mine and instead work on projects that go towards a safe and sustainable future for all of us, otherwise we will be forced to take more actions like this.’


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11 COMMENTS

  1. The commitment to ‘quality, safety and environment’
    should be commended… however FKG risks its own
    description of image and especially its place in the
    “environment” that suggests trust. Adani’s back
    -ground is unattached to any form of trust. Why on
    earth would FKG bother to join up with a company
    so environmentally damaging to this country is
    beyond belief. More action will be forthcoming…
    there’s no other way. Stop Adani!

  2. Come on!!! AUSTRALIA!!! Resit ,defend, protect this is LIFE we are talking about!!! Protect OUR FUTURE on Earth.No one can give up caring for life anywhere, this is a GLOBAL commitment, your victory is our victory.Let us all be an example for each other. Eternal unspeakable gratitude to the women and man who are going ahead in the name of all living beings…

  3. Are these the same protestors that go home to their coal powered air conditioners, drive home in a car that takes 3 tons of coal to manufacture, charge their mobile phone with coal power, run their household on coal powered electricity, I can understand their protest once they lead by example and give up all those luxuries that use coal to support their daily necessities.

  4. No, Dave, these ‘same protesters’ don’t see… a Coal God
    & lean towards him because not knowing how deliberate
    shareholders & political players play the ‘coal game’ gets
    everyone screwed in the end ie; the eyes that won’t see &
    the ears that refuse to hear. Note too that the giving up of
    chilling out & or warming up is easy along with mobility
    [day to day], smart phones & the rest. Their replacements
    will create more enduring jobs. There’s no need to insult
    the intelligence of the protester who cares deeply for this
    country & the world beyond.

  5. Another city nob without an rural address .
    Adani’s mine is one of many being built share your enthusiasm and lock yourself onto a moving train .

  6. I am amazed that these protestors are stupid enough to think the public support their behaviour when they do not set an example. If they want to be taken seriously they should live by the standard they wish to impose on everyone else. I find it very hypocritical. I also find that staff who leak information about the Company they work for, and who pays their wages, a betrayal of trust. I really cannot support the actions of these protestors unless they are willing to give up the luxury of the lifestyle they are currently enjoying. Sorry but they have no credibility at all.

    • Stefanie surely you can understand the frustration ?
      We all want whats best for the planet, and minimise one’s carbon footprint!! However the hysteria has gone to far ! Explained very well by
      Roybn !” It they want to be taken seriously ” they should live by the example they wish to impose on everone else ” ..

  7. I know, & understand, too many people ‘positively awake’
    to how this country [along with the US & others] is being
    trashed by get rich quick lily-livered politicians on every
    side. I support the aged, those with disabilities, the young
    & those who have virtually no super to rely on. I support
    the workers being ripped-off [underpaid] & the RNs &
    aged-care carers at home & in institutions. I support the
    journalists who ‘blacked out the news’ yesterday’ & in
    the covers of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald etc ;
    in other words, the publications [hard copy] & online
    today because this government does not believe in the
    truth of any matter that is not theirs. I leave hardly any
    footprint & luxury’s not for me or any protester I’ve met.
    I don’t live in an ivory tower. Do support this country.
    It needs you!

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