Lo­cals rally against Adani coal mine op­er­a­tions

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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