11.7 C
Byron Shire
September 25, 2021

Adani or Bravus – actions speak louder than words as protester locks on

Latest News

Fundraising for koala signs for Bangalow

As the koala mating season has started, Bangalow Koalas has set up fundraising to create incorporate more koala road signs. Bangalow...

Other News

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.

Byron Shire Councillors get behind vaccination push

Public buildings such as the Mullumbimby Civic Hall could become mass COVID-19 vaccination centres, under a proposal put forward by Byron Council last week.

Biggest corporate greenwashers revealed by Greenpeace

According to a new analysis by Greenpeace, most of Australia’s highest-emitting companies that have implemented net-zero emission commitments do not have any will to meet their target.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: We are not for sale

It seems content creators are running out of ideas to make cheap TV. It’s amazing what you can come up with when you lose your ethics! Here’s a few quick pitches: How about a show about chubby rich women trying to drop weight by living in Ethiopia with a malnourished family for six weeks? No?

Activist Barney Jackson, attached himself to a concrete batching plant at the rail construction site near Belyando, Queensland this morning. Photo supplied.

Work was stopped at the Adani (who yesterday renamed their Australian operations Bravus) rail construction site near Belyando, Queensland this morning.

Magnetic Island resident, Barney Jackson, attached himself to a concrete batching plant. Mr Jackson said he was highlighting the impact the Adani operation would have on both the Great Barrier Reef and water in the region.

‘I grew up on Magnetic Island on the Great Barrier Reef and I’ve seen the damage and pressures that are being put on the reef, something that the Adani coal mine will exacerbate’, says Mr Jackson.

‘If anything is sacred; it’s water. If there is no water we all die, humans included. Water is life says it all.’

Mr Jackson used a steel elbow lock to attach himself to the top of the machinery in order to cease operations at the construction site. The elbow lock was painted with a ‘Water Is Life’ message alongside a banner with the same words.

In relation to the water messaging, Mr Jackson said, ‘Growing up in north QLD where water is often very scarce, Adani having a license to take unlimited amounts of water makes me very concerned’.

Mr Jackson’s action comes approximately a year after the new lock-on laws were implemented by the Queensland Government, an attempt to deter concerned citizens from using a device such as an elbow lock.

In response to these laws, he states, ‘The most dangerous thing I could do with this [elbow lock] is not use it. The repercussions from the Carmichael mine are far more dangerous than me locking on with a steel tube.

‘I don’t want to be arrested, but I don’t want the mine to go ahead even more, so, here I am.’

Adani – courageous or mercenary?

In an amusing aside Crikey reported that The Guardian had some Latin experts take a look at the name Adani has given its Australian operations and has pointed out that changing ‘the name of its Australian operations to “Bravus”, a word chief executive David Boshoff claimed means “courageous” in Latin but experts say more accurately translates to “crooked”, “deformed”, and “mercenary or assassin”.’

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. Water is life, Adani – and you are not a fish. Go & chuck your money into
    projects that improve the future instead of killing it. And Barney, Magnetic
    Island was my home off & on, in the 1970s. We are a breed that attempts
    to get things done. Try & stay safe.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Compost back on Lismore’s gardening menu

Lismore City Council says that their BIOCycle Compost is again on sale from the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and Nimbin Transfer Station, after a two-year break.

Tony’s reflections as king of the Macadamia Castle

Looking back on 14 years at the Macadamia Castle, Tony Gilding says the important things to him were the conservation of the animals and the development of staff.

Getting annoyed with NSW Farmers naming ‘rights’

The Annoying Vegan has become more annoyed today with what they see as the NSW Farmers getting on their high horse about the use of the words ‘meat’ and ‘milk’.