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A retired water engineer has disrupted the Australiasian groundwater conference in Brisbane, taking to the stage during a panel sponsored by GHD calling for the engineering firm to cut their ties with Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine

In front of scientists, industry professionals and government staff, Dr Anne Gardiner outlined in detail GHD’s long standing relationship with Adani and unfurled a banner calling on the company to ‘not do business with Adani’.

A protestor at the Australasian groundwater conference in Brisbane, sponsored by Adani ally GHD. Image: Stop Adani

Dr Gardiner was removed by security.

Outside the conference 100 people gathered with banners and placards calling on GHD to stop helping Adani drain Queensland’s precious  groundwater.

‘While GHD profess to be working for a sustainable future they have not ruled out further work with Adani on their destructive coal project in the Galilee Basin,’ Dr Gardiner said.

‘Adani’s mine will have disastrous impacts on Queensland’s groundwater with no limit on the amount they can drain.’

‘We are calling on GHD to publicly commit to no further work on the Adani coal project and any other proposed coal mines in the Galilee Basin.

‘GHD has worked with Adani for a decade on the Carmichael coal and rail project, including undertaking the initial hydrological studies and the design of dewatering bores, so they know the potential impact on agriculture and ecosystems including the sacred Doongmabulla Springs.’


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3 COMMENTS

  1. What solution/s does Dr Anne Gardiner propose? Looking at the reason for the conference is more to the point and not the relationship between Adani and GHD.
    Dr Gardiner would have had a better responses if she had given resolutions to the Ground Water.
    My concern is whether or not the ground water is being taken from our great artesian basin, this water has gathered over millennia. If we drain this we stand to kill the east coast of Australia.
    Dr Gardiner has done the cause for the stopping of ground water extraction no favours by her out burst.

  2. Adani has allies everywhere. Australia’s own Prime Minister
    & his bunch of followers of which GHD Engineering is one.
    I often wonder what it feels like to ‘sell out’ one’s country &
    smile while doing so. To lie & cheat repeatedly. To get ‘high’
    on getting away with it. Thinking on it – I don’t really need to
    know. Some are just born that way…

  3. I admire this engineer who spoke truth about water mismmanagement and the adverse effects on precios environment What a hero.

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