Locals rally against Adani coal mine operations
SEVERAL carloads of Euroa locals travelled to Albury on Saturday, joining the 500-strong crowd protesting the Adani mine development in Queensland.
Adani is an India-based company which is proposing to build (with the support of the Queensland state and federal governments) the country’s largest ever coal mine.
The proposed Adani Carmichael mine is expected to have six open cut pits as well as numerous underground mines.
Coal will be transported 200 kilometres to a terminal at Abbott Point, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, which concerned protestors worry will cause irreversible damage to the already stressed reef.
The “STOP ADANI” big day of action gathering was one of 45 protests nationwide, which brought thousands of people onto the streets and beaches to demonstrate against the proposed mine.
The national rallies come as new polling shows more than half of Australians oppose the central Queensland mine, and nearly 70 per cent oppose the government loan for the mine.
“The proposed mine will be the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere, putting at risk both the Great Barrier Reef and the Artesian Basin,” local farmer and protestor Charlie Brydon said.
“Burning more coal will boost Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, making a mockery of any serious attempt to tackle climate change.”
All private banks have now walked away from the project, under pressure from shareholders.
The Carmichael mine is no reliant on finance from government guarantees provided to private banking syndicates- effectively putting taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in project finance.
Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, who is reviewing Australia’s energy security, last week said taxpayers should not subsidise new coal-fired power.
“This will jeopardise the health care of the Great Barrier Reef and it won’t provide the 10,000 jobs as is being claimed by Adani,” Kate Auty, local resident and ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment said.
“There are 60,000 jobs in tourism which could be impacted.”
The ABC’s Four Corners pro- gram on Monday revealed alleged cases of bribery, corruption and environmentally destructive behaviour by the Adani Group in India.
“The Turnbull government is way out of step. Clean energy projects are already on track to create more employment than Australia’s largest proposed coalmine,” Shirley Saywell from the Euroa Environment Group said.
“Renewables are the future – not coal mines.”
LENDING THEIR VOICE: Phil Siems, Tess Egan, Charlie Brydon, Christine Tancredi and Frank Pierce were some of the locals who joined the #StopAdani protest in Albury last weekend.