Cli­mate protest knocked out of park

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A me­dia event planned to take place on pri­vate prop­erty at The Reef Ma­rina on Tues­day was re­lo­cated only hours after the me­dia re­lease went out.

The event, or­gan­ised by a cli­mate ac­tion group called 350 was planned to in­volve the un­furl­ing of a ban­ner read­ing “Mass Reef Die Off - brought to you by Aus­tralia’s no. 1 pol­luter AGL” in what was pitched as a photo op­por­tu­nity.

The event would have fol­lowed a trip to the reef by divers to “cap­ture im­ages of bleached co­ral, high­light­ing the link be­tween Aus­tralia’s big­gest car­bon pol­luter and co­ral bleach­ing” ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to 350 Cairns spokes­woman, Zelda Grimshaw, she had failed to re­alise the ma­rina was pri­vate prop­erty, and was ap­proached by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the ma­rina.

“There were con­cerns about ban­ners be­ing un­furled on the prop­erty, and we were re­quested to hold the me­dia call not on the ma­rina prop­erty.

“It didn’t oc­cur to me to seek per­mis­sion to hold the meet­ing there. I of­fered an apol­ogy and said of course we’ll move.”

The reef trip, and there­fore the me­dia event was can­celled on Tues­day due to weather con­cerns.

350 plan to visit the reef on Fri­day, and hold the me­dia event off ma­rina prop­erty.

TRM de­clined to com­ment.

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